MAY 2018
Skip the Straw to
Save Our Seas
Every day, Americans use 500,000,000 plastic straws and then throw them away. Arranging these straws end-to-end would create a line of plastic over sixty-two thousand miles long. That is enough to circle the Earth 2.5 times per day! These single-use plastic straws are threatening our health, environment, oceans, and sea life.

Strange to think that a little straw can be threatening. . .

Earth Day 2018
NAMEPA was very busy last month celebrating Earth Day to Save Our Seas from marine debris.  Check out what we accomplished through member support, dedicated volunteers and students!

  • 100+ volunteers engaged
  • 5,000+ pounds of trash removed
  • 2.5 miles of land covered
  • 5,644 pieces of trash added to Ocean Conservancy's marine debris database
Volunteers removed over 3900 pounds of trash from the  Westerly Land Trust 's preserve which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean.
With the help of partner groups such as Humanity Now, Garbo Grabber, Skip the Straw, and Surfrider, over 1000 pounds of trash was removed during the  Fairfield Earth Day Festival .
Alumni and current and prospective students from Williams-Mystic worked to remove 60 pounds of trash from a popular surf spot and learned the importance of citizen science. 
The Matunuck Elementary School's Junior Girl Scout Troop #560 worked with NAMEPA and other environmental groups to provide four free showings of A Plastic Ocean , followed by a panel discussion.
The URI Earth Day Festival brought students and environmental groups together to discuss marine pollution, ocean sciences, and ways to be a better environmental steward.
Did you know that 80% of Marine Debris originates from land-based sources? It is washed into waterways during rain events, or blown to waterways in the wind!
Want to learn more about the benefits of NAMEPA Membership and how your membership helps to Save Our Seas? 
Upcoming Events
May 22, Washington, DC
"Safety at Sea- a Renewed Focus" National Maritime Day Seminar & AMVER Awards Reception
Safety at Sea- A Renewed Focus: National Maritime Day...

Join us in celebrating National Maritime Day at our afternoon Safety at Sea seminar and stay to honor AMVER participants at an awards reception.

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May 7-10, Panama
Maritime Week of the Americas 2018
Maritime Week of the Americas 2018 * Panama

Maritime Week Americas is the biggest, most well-attended and most popular bunkering event in the Americas. The action-packed week comprises a full programme of key maritime events, including a major conference, training courses , a day-long...

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June 9, across the US
March for the Ocean
March for the Ocean

March for the Ocean (M40) is an avenue for everyone to show support for the blue planet.

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June 7, Athens, Greece "Trading in US Waters: Priorities and Solutions"
TRADING IN US WATERS: Priorities and Solutions Seminar

Featured speaker, RADM John Nadeau, presents the priorities and solutions for trading in US waters. We will see you at Posidonia!

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June 19-21, Portland, OR
Clean Pacific Conference

The 2018 CLEAN PACIFIC conference is shaping up to be the can't miss event for anyone involved in spill prevetion and response for oil and hazardous materials in the marine and inland environment. The sessions that have been programmed were...

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