Mediterranean Sea Literacy
EMSEA-Med is the Mediterranean branch of European Marine Science Educators Association formed at the #EMSEA15 Annual Conference in Crete in October 2015.  A group of enthusiastic individuals from the Mediterranean countries came together and formed a regional seas group with the aim to promote ocean literacy across the Mediterranean basin.
They decided to meet once a month on a video/audio conference call, to create a EMSEA-Med mailing list, create a forum space online, and to identify projects that would be of mutual benefit.
The Mediterranean Sea is a specific marine environment.  The first mission of this group was to develop Mediterranean Sea Literacy (MSL) following the Ocean Literacy model of principles and concepts at  The goal is to encourage Mediterranean citizens, as well as all those having a stake in it, to be more aware of its potential and to develop a sustainable blue economy.
From October 2015 to October 2016  the group worked together to create this Mediterranean Sea Literacy guide
In 2020 a EMSEA-Med publication came out called : "Mediterranean Sea Literacy: When Ocean Literacy becomes region-specific"
Based on the US Ocean Literacy framework, marine scientists and educators developed the “Mediterranean Sea Literacy” (MSL) guide adapted to the specificities of the Mediterranean region. The MSL principles (7) and concepts (43), serving as guidance for research, education, informed decision-making, and improved citizens’ lifestyles, aim to contribute to environmental protection, conservation, and restoration of the Mediterranean Sea as well as to help to achieve a blue innovative and sustainable economy.
Mokos, M., Cheimonopoulou, M.Th, Koulouri, P., Previati, M., Realdon G., Santoro, F. , Mogias, T., Boubonari T., Gazo M., Satta, A., Ioakeimidis C., Tojeiro A., Chicote C., Papathanassiou M., Kevrekidis T. (2020) Mediterranean Sea Literacy: When Ocean Literacy becomes region- specific, Meditteranean Marine Science,
Mediterranean Group in Crete 2015
EMSEA-Med group
EMSEA-Med Region Coordinator
Melita Mokos
University of Zadar,Croatia
Email:  mmokos at
EMSEA Med members and country coordinators:
Giulia Realdon,
PhD Program "Earth Science Education"
UNICAMearth workgroup
University of Camerino, Geology Section, Italy
Email: giulia.realdon at
Monica Previati
PhD Marine Biology and Ecology
Member of:
Email: mopreviati at
Greece - Central Macedonia
Maria Cheimonopoulou
Biologist_Ichyologist MSc (Res)
Hydrobiological Station of Pella
Email: mcheimon at
Greece - Crete
Yolanda Koulouri,
Senior Researcher, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture,
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research,
Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Email: yol72 at
Patrizia Patti,
Marine Biologist,
Founder and Ceo of Eco Marine Malta - Dolphin Watching and Environmental Education
Email: info at
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