First, learn more about the Large Marine Ecosystem so we can continue making good headway in this exciting and extremely pioneering project:



In speaking with Dr. Kenneth Sherman who is the Director, U.S. LME and Dr. Marie-Christine Aquarone who is the Deputy Director, U.S. LME Program they suggested that we begin with the following steps:
1.) Identifying what qualifies for a Large Marine Ecosystem (LME). (The criteria for determining a LME.)

A.) Understanding what characterizes the distinct bathymetry, hydrography, productivity, and trophically dependent populations making up the specific identifiable regions.

B.) Identifying the countries that make up each LME. (Ex: LME #28 the Guinea Current covers 16 countries.)



2.) Sustainable Development of the World's Large Marine Ecosystems during Climate Change to please read chapter 1, 2, and 3. (<-- Click on Link for PDF file of textbook.)
A.) Chapter 1 by Gro Harlem Brundtland on Our Common Future in Sustainable Development and Climate Change

B.) Chapter 2 by Al Gore on What Goes Up Must Come Down

C.) Chapter 3 by Jane Lubchenco and Laura Petes on The Interconnected Biosphere: Science at the Ocean's Tipping Points

3.) Sustaining the World's Large Marine Ecosystems to please read chapter 9 (<-- Click on Link for PDF file of textbook.)
A.) Chapter 9 by Marie-Christine Aquarone on Outreach and Education for Ecosystems-based Management in the World's Large Marine Ecosystems
A major plus to this program: the social aspects in dealing with different countries. Several countries that have had political conflicts with each other have been coming together for the common goal of recovering depleted fish stocks, restoring damaged habitats and reducing their coastal pollution because of something they all share in common: the viability of their needed food resources.



Second, Justine graciously offered to set up a Wiki for the NOAA project to help keep us on track, we hope to discuss that also. Additionally, Patricia Judd sent us a PDF classroom guide and it looks like it could be useful for all of us n building the curriculum. (We will have useful tools like this posted to the Wiki.)



Third, we have discussed some terrific Lesson Plans on the Dead Zone, so please read the attached,



Fourth, Agenda:

1.) NSTA's Learning Center
2.) Large Marine Ecosystem Project & LME's Annual Meeting in France
3.) Our Wiki & Curriculum building ideas
4.) New Business & Ideas