NAMEPA, Houston Maritime Museum Sign MOU
The North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the Houston Maritime Museum (HMM) have signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to advance public awareness and education about the importance of the maritime industry and protecting the marine environment.
On March 23, 2016, NAMEPA Co-Founder/Executive Director Carleen Lyden-Kluss and HMM Chairman of the Board of Trustees Niels Aalund signed the MOU at the Connecticut Maritime Associations (CMA’s) Shipping 2016 conference.
The scope of the agreement includes education focused on the history, culture and economic contribution of the maritime industry, as well as the importance of protecting the marine environment.
“Our organizations share a common commitment to the maritime industry,” says Lyden-Kluss. “NAMEPA is thrilled to be establishing this alliance with HMM that will lead to collaborative maritime education programs and activities, especially around protecting the marine environment.”
The MOU will aid in fostering a collaborative effort that encourages learning about maritime history and the impact the industry has on local communities as well as the global economy. Programs utilizing NAMEPA’s extensive education resources on marine environment protection will also be featured.
“With more than 90 percent of international trade being moved by sea, the maritime industry is a vital component of the world’s economy,” says Aalund. “Through HMM’s alliance with NAMEPA we want to increase the public’s awareness about the contribution the marine industry makes to our local, national and global economy. Further, our goals mesh well on protecting the marine environment and furthering education in that area.”