Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association

is an organization of people whose common goal is to improve education about all aspects of marine and aquatic environments. Members come from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and beyond. We represent many institutions, organizations and programs. MAMEA is a regional chapter of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA).

2016 Annual Conference
The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association will gather in Dewey Beach, DE—sitting between Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean—on November 4-6, 2016. Activities, sessions, meals, and lodging will take place at the brand new Hyatt Place Dewey Beach. In your free time, enjoy being within walking distance of our award-winning ocean beach (NRDC’s 5-star water quality rating), serene Rehoboth Bay, and the action-packed Dewey Beach nightlife. More info.

MD & DC 2016 Mini-Conference
Join us for the MD & DC Regional Mini-Conference on Saturday, June 11th from 9:00am-3:00pm. The conference will be held at Piscataway at Fort Washington Marina in Fort Washington, MD. The program begins with an intro to the site and kayaking by naturalist/owner/MAMEA member, Judy Lathrop of Atlantic Kayak Company. Then Judy will take us out on the water for approximately three hours. We will spend the day kayaking through small creeks, islands, wild rice, water lilies, and see TONS of beautiful wildlife! We will also have the chance to seine and each participant will bring their own lunch to eat on the gorgeous Piscataway! Previous kayaking experience is NOT necessary. All skill levels are welcome! More info.

2016 Board Election

The election of MAMEA's Board members for 2016/17 will open on Wednesday, May 18! We encourage all MAMEA members to exercise their right to vote. Be sure to submit your ballot by the June 17 deadline. For all members with a functional e-mail address, MAMEA elections are conducted electronically. You should have received your electronic ballot in an e-mail on May 18. Members without a functional e-mail will receive a paper ballot. Both ballots allow for write-in candidates. MAMEA Board Candidate Profiles.

The 2016/17 election has the following candidates nominated to Board positions:

President-Elect Candidate (serves a 3 year cycle as President-Elect, President & Past-President):

  • Lauren Albright (National Aquarium, Baltimore)

Treasurer Candidate (2 year term):

  • Jackie Takacs
  • (University of Maryland Extension - Sea Grant Program)

Delaware State Representative Candidate (2 year term):

  • Write-in

DC Representative Candidate (2 year term):

  • Allie Toomey (EarthEcho International)

VA State Representative Candidates (2 year term):

  • Rachel Riesbeck (Virginia Aquarium)
  • Kristen Sharpe (Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia)

2015 MAMEA Award Recipients

Congratulations to Tami Lunsford (DE) and Dr. Rosanne Fortner (NC), our 2015 MAMEA Educator Award recipients! Find out more about them and past awardees on our Award Winners page.


MAMEA's Sherry Rollins receives NMEA 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award
The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) honored Sherry Rollins of Peasley Middle School in Gloucester, Virginia, with its 2014 Outstanding Teacher Award. The presentation took place on July 24, 2014, before a crowd of over 300 educators at the Association’s annual conference. Read more.

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