The Strandline


New York State Marine Education Newsletter

July 2016

Strandline (n): the high water mark; the area at the top of a beach where debris is deposited.


President's Note


NYSMEA members at the 2016 NMEA conference in Orlando, Florida (left to right: Blanca Ching, Sarah Richards, Meg Marrero, and Tom Greene).

Greetings, NYSMEANs,

NYSMEA's Annual Conference, “Island Voices: Promoting Best Practices for Coastal Conservation and Resilience,” is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. Please save the date and spread the word, as we would like to increase membership and participation. We hope that many students, educators, scientists and guests can attend.  We are excited and grateful to be hosted by Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). Here are a few updates regarding the conference: 
  • Highlights will include keynote speakers Chris Paparo, Manager of SoMAS's Marine Sciences Center, and Dr. Chris Gobler, Director of Academic Programs for SoMAS.
  • Conference participants will be able to select from a variety of workshops to attend during three morning sessions. Following lunch and an awards ceremony, there will be several wonderful field trips to choose from, including a 3-hour research cruise aboard the R/V Peconic and kayaking the local waters.
  • Dorm rooms will be available for conference attendees wishing to stay over Friday and/or Saturday nights.
  • Conference details will be posted on the NYSMEA website soon.
  • Look for an email with registration information to arrive by early August. (Early bird registration will be in effect until September 1, 2016.)
  • Interested in presenting a workshop? More information coming soon - be sure to check your email. 
In other news, NYSMEA members Sarah Richards, Meg Marrero, Blanca Ching, and Tom Greene attended the 2016 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Conference in Orlando, FL on June 27-July 1,2016. Highlights of the week included keynote speakers Dr. Rick Spinrad ("How Ocean Knowledge Changes the World"), Dr. Kate Mansfield ("Sea Turtles as Science Ambassadors"), a rolling panel discussion by six shark experts, a Youth Day and evening event for all at SeaWorld, a lively auction, and a moving awards ceremony. Many thanks to NMEA Chapter Representative Dale Stanley for organizing NYSMEA's chapter basket for the lunchtime auction.

Next week, join Merryl Kafka and Lou Siegel on-board the American Princess for an educational NYSMEA Whale Watch Cruise on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 12-4pm. Topics of discussion will include whale biology, coastal ecology, water monitoring, and, if possible, a live touch tube. See below for registration information and additional details. 

Other NYSMEA News...
  • City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10am-3pm at Kaiser Park in Brooklyn, NY. Marine education aivities such as, seining, species identification, microscopy, sketching, and water chemistry will be conducted. NYSMEA, NYCDOE, NYCDEP, and many others are organizing the event. For more information, contact Additional City of Water Day events will be held at Governors Island, New York, NY and Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken, NJ. 
Save the dates!
  • SUBMERGE NYC Marine Science Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11am-4pm at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in lower Manhattan, NY. 
  • The 2016 NYSMEA Annual Conference will be held at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton on Saturday, October 1, 2016. 
  • International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Kaiser Park in Brooklyn, NY. 

Lane Rosen
NYSMEA President 
  • NYSMEA Whale Watch Cruise


    Registration: Please register with Merryl Kafka by phone, text, or email at 917-838-2647 or by Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

    Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016

    Time: 11:30am check-in and pay at dock. Boat departs at 12 noon and returns at 4pm.  

    Payment methods: Cash, check, or credit cards accepted 

    Location: Riis Park Landing Pier, Breezey Point, Rockaway/Queens, NY. Get permit for free parking when you pay for the boat trip. 

    What to bring: You may bring your own snacks, lunch, but no igloos. A snack bar is available with cold drinks, beer, hot dogs, etc. Awning is on the top deck for sun protection. 

    Cost: $38 per adult (a 15% discount). Kids 5-13 years $25. 

    Directions: Belt Parkway to exit 11S, Flatbush Ave South. Go over the Marine Parkway Toll Bridge (Gil Hodges Bridge) and stay in the right lane. Make the first right turn to Breezy Point. Proceed a few hundred feet to the first traffic light and make a right turn into the parking lot by the old red brick Police building. Sign is the Riis Park Ferry Landing. This area is under reconstruction, be safe. For more information, click here

NYSMEA 146 Suffolk Hall Stony Brook, NY 11794 Phone: 631-632-9216 
NYSMEA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization 

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