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Guest Blog by FMSEA: Registration now open for Ocean Literacy conference

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, February 13, 2017

FMSEA OL Conference

We are happy to announce that registration for our conference, FMSEA 2017: FMSEA on the First Coast: Shining Light on Ocean Literacy,  is now open!

Please join us May 4-7 in Saint Augustine, Fla.  Our conference hotel is the Hampton Inn and Suites, Vilano Beach.  We have secured a rate of $164 a night, so please mention FMSEA when you make your reservation.

More information on the conference, including our annual award nominations, and scholarship applications can be found here > 

You can register for the conference here - be sure to register by March 31 to secure the early bird rate!

We can't wait to "sea" you there!

- FMSEA Board

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FMSEA Chapter Winter Update & Award Nominations Sought

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, February 16, 2016

FMSEA Chapter Winter Update 

FMSEA Board MeetingThe Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) Board and Committee Chairs have been working very diligently on NMEA 2016. The 2016 Conference Committee continues to have monthly conference calls and recently met at the Renaissance Hotel for a weekend planning meeting.

FMSEAEach of FMSEA’s seven regions has quarterly outings. The Southeast Regional Outing was to the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce. This Regional Outing provided participants an opportunity to get "behind the scenes” of the Smithsonian Marine Station’s unique facilities and learn more about the Smithsonian’s work in Florida and beyond.

In addition to the regional outings FMSEA conducted several Aquatic Species Collections Workshops (ASCW) this winter. The Aquatic Species Collection Certification requires successful completion of the training workshop. The primary workshop objective is to promote best practices in the collection and maintenance of aquatic organisms for educational activities.

FMSEA workshopA curriculum has been established to achieve the primary workshop objective. The certificate does not supersede any state or federal regulations, but it does allow the collection of specified numbers of certain species for educational purposes, some undersized, and to use certain types of collecting gear that would not be allowed under recreational fishing guidelines.

- Submitted by Mellie Lewis, FMSEA Chapter Rep

FMSEA Board photo by Laura Diederick; Southeast Regional outing photo by Kerri Allen

FMSEA Award Nominations Sought 

Each year, FMSEA recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the National Marine Educators Association Conference in Orlando, Fla., which will be held June 25-July 1. You do not need to be a FMSEA member submit a nomination - so nominate someone today!

All Award Nominations must be received by no later than March 25, 2016.


The FMSEA Outstanding Marine Educator Award began in 1986. It was renamed in 1999 in honor of John Beakley, a Marine Science Resource Teacher in Palm Beach County and one of FMSEA’s founders.

This award is given to an educator who has demonstrated dedication to promoting and developing marine science in Florida. Nominees need not be members of FMSEA, but member nominations are encouraged. Self-nominations are accepted. Please ask the person you nominate to address the following categories (we encourage bullets of information as opposed to a narrative):

   Professional experience and background
   Special recognition already received relating to marine education
   Marine Science programs/projects developed by nominee
   2016 John Beakley Marine Educator of the Year Award Nomination Form (Access here)

Submit your application to


The FMSEA Service Award began in 1993 and is given each year to a member who has exhibited dedicated service to the organization. Nominees must be FMSEA members. Self-nominations are accepted. The nomination must address the following points. Please submit bullets instead of a long narrative:

   Professional experience and background
   Projects/programs related to FMSEA undertaken by nominee
   Number of years and in what capacities nominee has served in FMSEA
   2016 FMSEA Service Award Nomination Form (Access here

Submit your application to


The purpose of the two Student Project Awards is to encourage continuing education and study of the marine environment. A $300 Cash Award will be given to both a Junior and Senior Section student whose research demonstrates outstanding environmental science research with a marine and/or aquatic science connection.

The awards will be presented at the Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida (SSEF)
The senior student project award was renamed in 2011 to honor John Booker, a marine biologist at Seacamp and former FMSEA president (1988-89).

Submit your application to

For questions about these awards, please contact Jaclyn Gerakios, FMSEA President-Elect, via e-mail > 

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