Mermaid MegaFest: Call for Speakers

Mermaid MegaFest is accepting speaking proposals for the Eco-Actions for Mermaids Conference.

Freshwater Mermaid Society, a sponsor of Mermaid MegaFest, is using the one-day educational conference as a platform for instruction and innovation in the field of freshwater ecosystem protection. We are looking for contributors who are willing to share their expertise, without expectation of payment, in the spirit of networking to protect the Great Lakes, a purpose for which the Society was founded.

The festival’s theme is “Protect our Water Wonderland”.

Preserving our natural freshwater resources is a vital effort and delivering this critical message through the growing mermaid fantasy phenomenon amplifies its effectiveness. Using South Haven’s location on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan and, timing the festival during the 2018 Memorial Weekend, the festival is uniquely positioned to promote public awareness of the challenges our Great Lakes ecosystem face.

The inaugural event is a conference to discuss freshwater ecology issues to advance the cause of “aquatic ecosystem protection”. The objectives are (a) Increase public awareness of the challenges facing our Great Lakes; (b) Empower the mermaid segment of the Cosplay community toward greater social activism in the cause of freshwater protection and preservation; and (c) Establish a supportive network of non-profit and business organizations who will work together on freshwater ecology preservation initiatives in a unique, exciting and thought provoking manner.

Date / Time: Friday, May 25, 2018 / 10:00am - 4:00pm

Venue: Lake Michigan Community College - South Haven Campus


When developing the conference program, our goal is to provide a balanced program that meets the variety of skill levels and interests of the conference audience.

Proof of performance is desired for all speakers. We strive to offer a balanced program of educational sessions and qualified speakers at our conferences. Proof of performance plays a strong role in the selection of proposals.

Invasive Species -  Damage caused by invasive species often goes beyond the ecological.  They can threaten human health and hurt the Great Lakes economy by damaging critical industries such as fisheries, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. Zebra mussel, quagga mussel, round goby, sea lamprey, and alewife reproduce and spread, ultimately degrading habitat, out-competing native species, and short-circuiting food webs.  Non-native plants have also harmed the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Plastic Free - Consider for a moment the possibility that plastic – not climate change or deforestation or even oil spills – is the most serious environmental threat facing mankind, and that it is both more immediate and far more actionable.

Climate Change - What is the controversy about - the problem, the cause, or the solutions? A controversial presentation suggesting that societal divisiveness on this issue may reflect rejection of expanded governmental solutions, rather than repudiation of conservation and environmental protection ideals.

Legislative Review - A presentation of pending and proposed legislation, both state and federal, addressing environmental issues, along with actionable steps for involvement.

A Case Study - A presentation about the public and private partnerships that can work to preserve our delicate ecosystem.

Geological History of the Lakes – The present five Great Lakes began forming during the last ice age, 14,000 years ago, as the glaciers retreated the land carved by their advances filled with melt water. However, it was only about 4,000 years ago that the Lakes became what we know today.

Lighthouses of the Great Lakes – The State of Michigan alone has approximately 124 lighthouses. Many of these structures have interesting histories involving their construction, their keepers, shipwrecks, lifesaving or, ghosts.

The Great Lake Islands - A presentation about some of the more famous or, infamous, islands. Mackinac Island was a prize taken by the British in the War of 1812. “King” James Jesse Strang attempted to establish a religious kingdom on Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island. Isle Royale in Lake Superior is now a National Park but was the scene of numerous deadly shipwrecks.

We expect speakers:

▪ To design and provide high-quality PowerPoint presentations, in electronic format, by the deadline given.

▪ To recognize that a conference session is an opportunity to share information and is not a showcase for promotion of business, practice, service or product.

▪ To give Freshwater Mermaid Society permission to audio and/or video record their session and to sync their onsite slide presentation with the recording for the purpose of selling, licensing, or otherwise using the recording at a later time in any media.

▪ To be available for press interviews, if requested. Members of the press may be attending your session.

In return, we will:

▪ Present speakers (including co-presenters) with complimentary Mermaid MegaFest Festival Passes, including admission to all pass holder events.

▪ Provide valuable professional exposure.