Discover more with Evening Tide Talks!

Please join us for our complimentary lecture series, featuring world renowned scientists, photographers, explorers, researchers and more while enjoying complimentary food, beer, and wine at The Florida Aquarium!

For a listing of all past 2015 Tide Talks speakers, please click here.

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2015-2016 Evening Tide Talks Program Schedule

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

5:45 p.m.: Complimentary Reception

Vinik Room, 2nd Floor, The Florida Aquarium

6:15 p.m.: Evening Tide Talks Featured Presentation
Vinik Room, 2nd Floor, The Florida Aquarium


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Our Upcoming Evening Tide Talks Featured Presenter

James Spear

Sailing Towards Sustainability: NAMEPA and the Commercial Maritime Industry’s Initiatives in Environmental Protection


This talk gives an overview of efforts, as well as examining integration of new technology and developments of best operating practices in industry that help “Save Our Seas.” The international shipping industry, responsible for movement of over 90% of the world’s goods, is an indispensable link in global trade.

As stewards of the marine environment, the commercial maritime community spearheads a number of initiatives to promote sound environmental practices and increased marine preservation.
A third generation seafarer, James graduated from State University of New York Maritime College with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and began sailing as a merchant marine third officer aboard international-flagged liquid natural gas carriers with Shell International Trading and Shipping. He sails as a deck officer with an American integrated energy company aboard Jones Act crude oil tankers along the U.S. Pacific Coast.

As NAMEPA Regional Director, James brings together Southeastern US stakeholders to promote strategies, policies, and outreach for marine environmental protection and preservation. He works with industry professionals, educators, legislators, and regulators to raise public awareness of the maritime industry and serves as liaison between NAMEPA and each university-level maritime academy in the US.