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Our Mission

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources.

Save Our Seas

This proactive, industry-led initiative demonstrates to all our commitment to preserving our seas for the world to enjoy and present our industry in a positive light. The oceans, lakes and rivers are the cradle of life, but are seriously endangered by the actions of man. The most serious threat is pollution. Current environmental controls and regulations are inadequate to control it...

About MEPAs

The overall aim of a marine environment protection association (MEPA) is to increase environmental awareness and motivation of people within shipping and/or land-based industries, and the wider public and school community, through cooperation with international organizations and the adoption of public awareness campaigns respectively.

Who We Are


Read Carleen's Bio

Carleen Lyden Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the commercial maritime industry with over 40 years of experience.  She specializes in identifying, developing and implementing strategic marketing and communications programs that increase the visibility and effectiveness of NAMEPA as well as the development of educational resources promoting marine environment protection.  She works to develop strategic alliances between industry, regulators, conservation groups and educators to “Save the Seas”.

In 2015, Ms. Lyden Walker was appointed an Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association), the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, INTERTANKO, The National Press Club, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean) and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ, as well as a Trustee of American Caribbean Maritime Foundation. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, the Tall Ships America Foundation, New York Harbor Foundation and the New Era Academy Transportation Technologies Program in Baltimore.  She sits on the Board of Gibbs & Cox.

Ms. Lyden Walker is also Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Marketing & Communications, is Chief Evolution Officer of SHIPPINGInsight, and the Co-Founder/Executive Director of the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage.  In 2010, she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively.  Ms. Lyden-Kluss graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Political Science and History (minor in Economics) and studied Accounting at Cornell School of Business Administration,and is a trained facilitator and media trainer.  She held a USCG Captain’s license. 



Read Lyn's Bio

Lyn Harris has worked in the marine industry for over 20 years. She has built diverse set of management skills through her experience developing strategies and setting policies. She has established streamlined business processes to increase operational effectiveness that enhance the end user experience. Lyn has worked with NAMEPA for over six years. She provides day-to-day leadership and management in driving the mission and core values of the organization. She has identified and developed a strategy to build educational initiatives for seafarers, students and the public. She is a liaison in building alliances and partnerships for the mission of NAMEPA to "Save Our Seas."


Read Gail's Bio

Gail Nicholas has over 25 years of experience in the fields of nonprofit fundraising, volunteer development and political organization. She has skillfully recruited, motivated and trained volunteers in the fields of education, health and politics. She possesses interpersonal, organizational and managerial abilities. She has successfully grown nonprofit organizations financially, as well as built their boards and committees. She has successfully run political campaigns and offices while recruiting and managing volunteers, staff and serving as a press liaison. She manages NAMEPA's membership by requesting, recording, tracking and acknowledging annual dues. She solicits, bills, tracks and acknowledges sponsorships for NAMEPA events. She works in concert with the Executive Director and Board in identifying new prospects for increasing the NAMEPA membership base.


Read Jane's Bio

Jane Seyer is an Industrial Engineer with over 10 years' experience in Operations Research and Information Systems. Before joining NAMEPA, she built and managed databases; performed statistical analysis on marketing, sales, and production information; and optimized business, inventory and scheduling processes. A recent transplant to New England, she renewed a passion to "Save Our Seas." Her responsibilities at NAMEPA include managing communications, computer and database systems as well as office processes.


Read Nina's Bio

Nina is a certified Environmental Educator with experiences in marine science education, outreach, volunteer management, and restoration. Nina grew up in coastal Rhode Island where she kindled a passion for protecting marine environments. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2015 with a B.S in Environmental Science and a double minor in Biology and Geospatial Technologies.

Nina discovered her love for combining science with education. Before NAMEPA, she taught over 3,500 students from diverse backgrounds in coastal North Carolina, coastal Rhode Island, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Nina also served two AmeriCorps terms focused on bringing marine sciences to underrepresented youth. Additionally, she has unique experiences in habitat restoration: restoring salt marshes, monitoring oyster reefs, and maintaining stormwater mitigation projects.

Nina is excited to continue to dedicate her career to “Save Our Seas” by educating others on the marine environment and the marine industry, and by inspiring the next generation of ocean stewards through cleanups and increased awareness.


Read Jean's Bio

Jean Gould is a communications and corporate affairs professional with more than 25 years-experience in the energy and maritime industries. She managed public policy and international business issues for ExxonMobil and most recently directed global communication and marketing activities for the American Bureau of Shipping. In her role as Regional Director, she works to bring stakeholders in the Gulf Coast area together to develop strategies, policies and outreach initiatives for marine environmental protection and preservation.

Board of Directors

Joe Hughes
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.

Niels Aalund

Christopher G. Bastis
SeaGroup, Inc.

Joan Bondareff
Blank Rome LLP

Gareth Burton

Anuj Chopra

Chris Desmond
Lloyd's Register North America, Inc.

Rev. Marsh L. Drege
Seafarers International House

Fred Gordon
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

Marina Hadjipateras
Dorian LPG

Cynthia Hudson

Kevin Humphreys

Clay Maitland
Chairman Emeritus
International Registries, Inc. (IRI)

Douglas Martin
SMIT Salvage

Capt. James McNamara
National Cargo Bureau, Inc.

Alejandro Trillo Menchelli
TGM Fleet & Consulting Services

Christian Mollitor
Liberian Registry (LISCR)

Brian Salerno

Ole Chr. Schroder
Scorpio Tankers

Paul Scope

RADM Duncan Smith (Ret.)
Smith Advocacy Group

James Spear

Ronald W. Tursi
Guardian Navigation

Jan-Willem van den Dijssel
Cargill Ocean Transportation

Carleen Lyden Walker
Co-Founder/Executive Director
Morgan Marketing & Communications

Our Members

Founding Members

Clay Maitland (International Registries, Inc.), NAMEPA Founding Chairman

Carleen Lyden Walker (Morgan Marketing & Communications), NAMEPA Executive Director

Lifetime Members

Blank Rome Maritime

Carleen Lyden-Kluss - Morgan Marketing and Communications

Clay Maitland - International Registries, Inc.

Eagle Bulk Shipping, Inc. – Director Emeritus: Sophocles Zoullas

Nicky Pappadakis

SeaGroup, Inc.

Annual Reports

Click here to see our 2015 Annual Report

Click here to see our 2014 Annual Report

Click here to see our 2013 Annual Report

Click here to see the NAMEPA Strategic Plan

Our First Five Years: Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman, looks back over the past five years and ahead to many more accomplishments.

Help #SaveOurSeas

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Every donation counts. Your tax-deductible donation will help us protect the marine environment, support the marine industry, and educate communities to Save Our Seas.

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