About Us

NYSMEA exists to promote marine awareness and encourage the growth and exchange of instructional resources within the scientific, commercial, and educational communities. We hold an annual conference, periodic meetings, lectures, workshops, field trips, boat trips and produce a monthly newsletter, "The Strandline", which alerts members to upcoming activities and new postings on our Web site. Our Web site also includes lesson plans, job postings, research opportunities, field trip destinations, and marine-related links. 

The information presented below is generally in timeline format, so please scroll down to see what's upcoming, along with links to registration or partner pages.



Check out the September Edition of The Strandline with News and Events!


Mollusk Mania in Downtown Manhattan
Aug. 14, 2021

Great Job! Tom Greene, Blanca Ching and other volunteers!

Hope to see you at

Mollusk Mania, our display  with some live and dry specimens of local univalves and bivalves. The oyster will be the centerpiece with a demo measuring growth.

Community Day in Chinatown on Saturday August 14 at the historic
Hamilton-Madison House  located at 
253 South St  New York, NY 10002.

There will be two outdoor sessions following NYC Covid Guidelines 

     1 pm-4 pm for preK - 8years              3pm - 8pm for 9 years to 21 years

Hope to see you there!  Contact Tom Greene
(Thomasfgreene@aol.com) if you want to participate


The Whale Watch on August 26th! (Details below)

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Great day at Kaiser Park August 7th. Adam Riback did a fantastic job planning and executing the perfect Bar-B-Q at the site of our "It's My Estuary Day" events. An opportunity to share a meal, get to see old friends, and network. Be sure to join us at the Whale Watch on the 26th and watch for other events on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.



Thanks to everyone who attended! It was a great day!

WOW  What a great NMEA 2021 Conference! Kudos to Leann Winn and the other conference co-chairs. 
July 17th was the final day and NYSMEA was proud to host an in-person field trip to the fantastic, new Energy and Nature Center at Jones Beach. Director Jeanne Haffner gave us a comprehensive tour of the new facility and a glimpse at the curriculum on which they are working.  Be sure to check out the website  https://www.jonesbeachenc.org/  and visit soon  


We are excited to announce that we are planning the NMEA 2022 Conference for next summer at Hofstra University in Nassau County New York. It will be  a hybrid format with a full in person schedule and virtual options.  The committee is actively meeting under the direction of our Conference Chairs, Sarah Richards, Meg Marrero, Leann Winn and Lou siegel. 
 Please contact Sarah at srichards@saintannsny.org to join our team. 

We are also looking for additional sponsorship as well as presenters. 
Hope to see you there!

32nd Bi-Annual Denyse Wharf Cleanup

on June 12, 2021

Thanks to everyone who attended!  It was a great success!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the NYSMEA Virtual 2021 Conference

Bridging Our Connections to Water”

May 15, 2021

Conference Announcement

We h0pe you can join us for this year's NYSMEA conference, which will take place on Zoom from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, on Saturday, May 15. The theme this year is "Bridging Our Connections to Water." Please read the following information, and then you can go to the link at the bottom to get to the registration page.

The day will start with an exciting introduction to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Following that, you will have the opportunity to choose from among twelve workshop sessions, network with other participants who share your interests, bid in a live auction, and compete for a door prize! 

We will be holding our ever-popular silent auction, which this year will be on line and will open one week prior to May 15. If you would like to donate any items to the silent or live auctions, please contact Lisa Breslof at auction@nysmea.org by May 1. 

Registration is open to all NYSMEA members, If you are experiencing financial hardship and cannot afford the $25 registration fee, you can select "Charitable Community Outreach" on the payment page and use the code "PAYITFORWARD." If you are able to pay the fee, please check out through PayPal, or send a check (made out to NYSMEA) to: Sarah Richards, 107 Wyckoff St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. Thank you!  

Here's the link to take you to the registration page:  https://nysmea.wildapricot.org/event-4273249

I look forward to seeing you on May 15 on Zoom!


Sarah Richards

NYSMEA Conference Coordinator

Save The Date

32nd Bi-Annual Denyse Wharf Cleanup on June 12, 2021

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   Sustainable Fish!   

Did you miss 'reeling in' our webinar with Sean Barrett, Cofounder of Dock to Dish? 

He went into deep detail about their success with incrementally improving seafood catch-and-delivery to regional dinner plates!

Can’t part with $20 for a 501(c)3  organization on a regional marine science educational mission?

See Dock-to-Dish videos here.


Saturday, January 9 at 5:00 PM EST

How-to sessions on fish prepping and cooking.

Lisa Breslof, NYSMEA Board Member, followed by 

Heidi Raker with Hudson Valley Fisheries.


Sunday, January 10 at 5:00 PM EST

We were excited to have a panel discussion with

Stephanie Villani, author of The Fisherman’s Wife;

Ryan Nebeker, Research and Policy Analyst with FoodPrint;

Kristin Gerbino, a Fisheries Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program; and

Gretchen Thuesen, Program Lead for @future_of_fish

Colles Stowell, Founder of @onefishblog

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Other News


In celebration of our UN World Oceans Week, 

we hosted webinars.

New Resource For Educators:

Cornell University published a feature package on efforts by Cornell Cooperative Extension, NYS DEC, and many other local partners and groups to restore shellfish to Long Island’s coastal waters. The story is available here: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/09/ripple-effect-cornell-helps-restore-long-islands-shellfish.

NYSMEA Volunteers at Beneath The Sea

Job Announcements

Please check out indeed.com and usajobs.gov for job searches.

NYSMEA President's Letter

International Coastal Clean-up 2019

Dear Environmental Educators:

A big, well deserved shout-out and thank you to our team!  We had over 250 student heroes participate mainly from John Dewey, Edward Murrow, Rachel Carson and William Maxwell CTE High Schools. IS 228 David Boody, IS 281 Joseph Cavallaro and PS/IS 288 Shirley Tanyhil Schools and students from other K-12 schools and colleges.  An army of Student volunteers picked up well over a Ton of marine debris and assembled an extra large pile(about 10 cubic yards) of wood and other large debris that had washed up on the coastline. We are super thankful to Councilman Mark Treyger and NYSMEA, who was funded for the event through Councilman Mark Treygers office.  NY Aquarium provided tables and chairs ,as well as, having a team of educators.  Adam Riback, from NYSMEA and NYC Sea Gypsies, secured funding through grant writing and had Spumoni Gardens, Home Depot and Mermaid Avenue Dunkin Donuts give us discounted items and food.  We fed over 300 people pizza, burgers, hot dogs, knishes, salad, donuts, and drinks.

Special thanks to the NYC Sea Gypsies, Superdive Foundation, Beneath the Seas for serving food and setting up recycling and arts and crafts booths.  Adam Riback from NYSMEA and NYC Sea Gypsies for cooking the food. Thanks to Hannah from Partnerships for Parks for providing equipment, garbage bags, gloves and coordinating removal of the debris.  Coastal classroom Luis for seining and species identification.  Thanks to Murrow HS (Carlos and Justin) for setting up and Arts and Crafts(Ginny Sullivan) and Howie Wong for the soap station, John Dewey HS (Danielle, Hirvelt, Keegan, Mike, Wade, Patricia. Akwasi) for taking attendance (Hirvelt Megie Crested a QR Code and scanned in attendance for community service). IS 281(joe and maria), Rachel Carson (Mike, Ed, Jim, Hannah) and Maxwell (Linda and scott) for setting up tables and bringing a lot of students.  Thanks to Dominick, Mary and Nneka from Boody for their army of students.  Thanks to Team 333 Megalodons FRC team!  Tamika Ramos-Moscol Girl Scouts setup a table activity on recycling.  Merryl and Beth manning Gotham Whale and NYSMEA booths.  Louis setting up Waterfront Alliance Booth, Tanasia Billion Oyster Project seining and setting up oysters.  Susan from CERT and NYC Audubon for setting up a table display.  Eddie Community Board 13 for always attending and promoting all positive information.  Thanks to Mike and Nneka and Tamika for the all of the Boy and Girl Scout Troops. 

Couldn’t be more proud and humbled to be part of such a great team of educators!  Our combined efforts really made a huge difference for the kids and the kids will remember this for a lifetime!  Everyone contributed in their own way and super thanks to everyone for participating!  If we missed anyone please forward this thank you letter.  

Truly an amazing day with a very dedicated and special group of educators!  Bringing much needed positive attention to a coastal community and being great role models for the students!  


Here is a link to a lot of great photos please add to it.  

NYSMEA President
John Dewey HS Science Teacher

Video and Image Copyright David Stolarz, October 4, 2017. All rights reserved.

Do you want to see another example of our work impacting the community?  Click on the image for the full PDF.

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Members include educators from all levels; university researchers, college instructors, museum directors, aquarium staff, environmental center personnel, research scientists, laboratory technicians and those with interests in Marine Biology and Oceanography, SCUBA, fishing, boating, maritime history, folklore, archeology and the arts. 

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Participate in events from the international to the national to the regional to the local beach.  

Share a smile with new friends: cleaning the local ecosystem, sharing knowledge, attending workshops at the local conference, or traveling to the National Marine Educator's Association Annual Conference. 

Activity leads to growth.


Members embark on a journey of growth: take a first step (Join) and then another (Attend) and then another (Participate) and then another (Lead) and then another (Direct).

Our association is more than a group: it is the opportunity to take a few steps to make a positive impact on the world around us and actually make it a better place to live - all while achieving personal growth.

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