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One Ocean Marine Forum Background

The One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) was an international marine education initiative that occurred in Hawaii in July 2005. This meeting was the result of long time associations between MESA members and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in North America.

There have been many cross cultural visits over recent years exposing the challenges in knowledge and resource sharing. The Forum, which was the first formal international meeting of marine educators, is seen as the next logical step in this process.

OOMF 2005 slide show

The OOMF Office is located in Australia and the contact is Harry Breidahl

OOMF 2005 Action Groups

The following six Action Plans resulted from the Hawaii Forum. Each Action Plan also has a discussion portal that is used by the of OOMF Action Planning team members.

 

Jody Plecas (left back) discussing an Action Plan
Jody Plecas (left back)
discussing an Action Plan
Action Plan 1: Devise an overall 5-10 year plan for OOMF.
Action Plan 2: Peer marine education review forum.
Action Plan 3: Create an ‘OOMF’ website that is useful and resourceful.
Action Plan 4: International marine education conference.
Action Plan 5: International marine sustainability education workshops for teachers.
Action Plan 6: Creating/compiling an international collective statement to achieve healthy oceans to present to world leaders.
  discussion portals
   

OOMF 2005 Book
of Proceedings

 

In July 2005, 27 marine educators from 7 nations (USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and South Africa) met for two days at the Maui Community College on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

The forum was a joint initiative of MESA and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) and followed the NMEA Conference, Nana I Ke Kumu, Nana I Ke Kai – “look to the source, look to the sea”. Lisa Heft took on the role of forum facilitator and prepared a comprehensive Book of Proceedings that can now be viewed on this web site as a PDF.

Download Book of Proceedings (pdf file 742 KB) …

Initial OOMF announcement
and details

The One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) is an international marine education initiative planned to occur in Hawaii in July 2005. This project is the result of long-time associations between members of Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA) and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in North America.

The One Ocean Marine Forum has been planned to link with the annual NMEA Conference, Nana I Ke Kumu, Nana I Ke Kai – “look to the source, look to the sea” that will be held on the Hawaiian Island of Maui in July 2005.

  more
   

Initial OOMF announcement
and details

The One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) is an international marine education initiative planned to occur in Hawaii in July 2005. This project is the result of long-time associations between members of Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA) and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in North America.

The One Ocean Marine Forum has been planned to link with the annual NMEA Conference, Nana I Ke Kumu, Nana I Ke Kai – “look to the source, look to the sea” that will be held on the Hawaiian Island of Maui in July 2005.

  more

Acknowledgements

A small group of NMEA and MESA members have been developing plans for the One Ocean Marine Forum and now form the OOMF working group.

  • NMEA OOMF Conveners: Mike Spranger and Vicki Osis
  • MESA OOMF Conveners: Jody Plecas, Harry Breidahl and Mark Rodrigue.

The MESA OOMF Conveners gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Heritage and Trish Hart for the OOMF logo. Web design by BriTer Solutions.

Information contained in this publication may be copied or reproduced for study, research, information or educational purposes, subject to inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.

Becoming Involved

Twenty three of the OOMF 2005 delegates plus facilitator Lisa Heft in Hawaii, July 2005. Other marine educators expressed interest in the original forum but were unable to attend or have become involved in the ongoing work of this growing group. You can join us by filling in the on-line registration form.

          delegate list       on-line registration form        forum statement


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