I’m tellin’ you what! If you aren’t at NMEA 2013 in Mobile, Alabama, you are missing out! BUT don’t fret, check out all the great tweets at @NatlMarineEd. Don’t forget to look at what’s trending #NMEA13

Check out the following from One World One Ocean


Tell us what the ocean means to you in a one minute video!

Contest open to kids ages 12-18

Two Grand Prize Winners will
receive $100 and a Go Pro HD HERO 3 camera

Calling all young filmmakers! If you know anyone between the ages of 12-18 who has ever wanted to make a film, now is their chance!  Invite them to enter the World Oceans Day Video Contest and tell us in a 60-second or less video what the ocean means to them.

Be creative! We welcome humorous videos, music videos, and videos with a conservation message. Videos will be judged by two-time Academy-Award nominated film director, Greg MacGillivray. One Grand Prize winner will also be selected by popular vote.

For inspiration, click here to view the video contest winners from last year.

Video submissions are due by May 10, 2013. The top 10 nominees will be announced May 17. The public will then be given a chance to view the videos and vote for their favorite. The final winners will be announced on World Oceans Day, June 8, 2013 and featured on the One World One Ocean and The Ocean Project websites.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Best Video Judges Choice Grand Prize Winner
  • Best Video Public Choice Grand Prize Winner
  • Best Video from a Non-Coastal City


  • 2 Grand Prize Winners: Go Pro HD HERO3 cameras and $100
  • 1 Non-Coastal City Winner: Go Pro HD HERO3 camera

We hope to inspire young people to get excited about the ocean.  This World Oceans Day, we want to celebrate the ocean and what it means to us all.    

Mote Programs in Charlotte Harbor

Special Lecture: Mote Marine Laboratory — Past, Present and Future. Discover how Mote got its start on Charlotte Harbor’s coast during a free special lecture Thursday in Punta Gorda — the first of Mote’s brand new education programs in Charlotte County. Dr. Michael Crosby, Senior Vice President for Research at Mote, will share how Mote was founded in 1955 as a one-room lab in Placida and will reveal the latest developments at the Lab, now a world-class marine research institution based in Sarasota and hosting exciting new programs in its original home, Charlotte Harbor.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: PGI Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL  33950
RSVP:  Rachael Kraemer at 941-205-3970, ext. 103

Science Café: Go Fish!  A Discussion About How Dolphins and Humans Hunt for Fish. “Go fish” is much more than a game for devoted anglers and for dolphins catching prey. Learn about the skills needed to make the catch from Kim Hull, Senior Biologist in the Dolphin Research Program at Mote, and from Charlotte Harbor angler Josh Olive, Publisher of WaterLine Weekly Magazine. This Science Café allows guests to join the discussion. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Date: January 30, 2013
Doors Open at 6:00 pm

Science Cafe starts at 6:30 pm
Location: Laishley Crab House, 150 East Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL  33950
RSVP:  Rachael Kraemer at 941-205-3970, ext. 103


FREE Interactive ProgramsScholarships from Mosaic

Mote Marine Laboratory received funding from the Mosaic Company Foundation for the enhancement and delivery of award-winning SeaTrek Interactive Programs to regional classrooms to compliment and enhance their existing STEM curriculum. The funds will provide SeaTrek program scholarships to schools in Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee, Polk and Hillsborough counties.

Educator Evening at Mote Marine Laboratory

Teachers and school officials are invited to join us for an evening on the water’s edge and take a closer look.Date: Wed., February 6, 2013
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location:  The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FLRSVP Now

On the Twelfth Day of Fishmas

by Brandon 2013/01/05 East Central

We are to our final day of Fishmas. As you are now all professional ocean ID experts, I present one of the most difficult to figure out. It may take a little outside the box thinking but I think you can get it. . . . Did you guess starfish (sea star)? Starfish are not […]

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On the Eleventh Day of Fishmas

by Brandon 2013/01/04 East Central

We are nearing the end. Since you should be experts by now, I’ll throw a tough one your way. Can you guess the name of this fish? . . . Did you guess Tinsel Squirrelfish? The Tinsel Squirrelfish is found in the Eastern Pacific from California to Ecuador. It is nocturnal spending the day in […]

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On the Tenth Day of Fishmas

by Brandon 2013/01/03 East Central

We are winding our way down to the end of Fishmas. Here is day ten for you to figure out. Scroll down for the answer. . . . Did you guess a Skate?   Skates are cartilaginous fish related to sharks and stingrays. Skate vary from stingrays in several ways. Stingrays have live birth while […]

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Mote Marine Laboratory Teacher Workshop: Manatee Research

by Dana 2013/01/02 Regional Reports

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, with support from the National Science Foundation, will be offering a 2-day workshop* for science teachers focused on manatees and the ground-breaking behavioral research occurring at Mote. This workshop will be held January 26-27 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. Participants will be immersed in the science and take […]

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On the Ninth Day of Fishmas

by Brandon 2013/01/02 East Central

Hope you weren’t missing your Fishmas fix as we were away for the holidays for a few days. So here is day nine of Fishmas. Can you guess this organism?   . . . . Did you guess ice worm?   Ice worms were unknown until their discovery in 1997, a half mile deep on […]

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On the Eighth Day of Fishmas

by Brandon 2012/12/29 East Central

Here is another fun fish for you to guess. The actual one looks almost as peculiar. . . . Did you guess pinecone fish?   Pinecone fish, a.k.a. the pineapple fish, have hard armored scales protecting their bodies. They spend their days resting in caves or rock ledges in the Indo-Pacific around Australia. They come […]

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On the Seventh Day of Fishmas

by Brandon 2012/12/28 East Central

We are over the hump and are coasting to the end. Here is your seventh day. . . . Did you guess Chinese mitten crab? Though prized as food in China, with crabs coming from one particular lake fetching over $50 a pound, they are considered a nuisance in Europe and North Amercia. These crabs spend most […]

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