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Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) is a designated 501(c)3 organization that is registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Founded in 1967, it is one of the oldest marine education organizations in the country, and is a regional chapter of the National Marine Education Association (NMEA).
MME is governed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee comprised of a President-Elect, President, Past-President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and Secretary. The organization has an unpaid Executive Director, and meets five times a year.  It hosts several events each year for both students and educators, and publishes a quarterly journal.

 

History
Tracing it’s origins to marine-related teacher institutes offered by Suffolk University in the mid-to-late 1960s, some educators began to meet in 1967. When the New England Aquarium opened its doors in 1969, the group became the Sea Teachers.  With support from the University of Rhode Island’s Sea Grant program, a number of workshops and symposia further cemented the organization’s presence and mission.  It’s quarterly journal, Flotsam and Jetsam, was first published in 1972, and is still produced quarterly to this day. Of the signature events still held today, the first annual conference at WHOI was held in 1977, the first High School Marine Science Symposium in 1984, and the first Boston Harbor Educators Conference in 1985.

 

MME officially became a registered non-profit chapter of NMEA in 1979. A number of institutions have hosted MME events over the years, including Suffolk University, Salem State College (now University), Framingham State University, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Boston, the New England Aquarium, and Endicott College.  Dozens of dedicated educators, scientists, and administrators have supported MME over the years, and the organization has had as many as 300 members in its rich past.  MME was proud to host the annual NMEA conference in Boston in 2011.

 

For a more complete history of the organization, check out The Ship’s Log, written by Director Emeritus Jack Crowley in October 2012. (MME_Ship’s_Log)