Reports and information from the FMSEA’s representative to the National Marine Educators Association, our parent organization.

NMEA Representative

Calling all FMSEA members!

National Marine Educators Association Annual Conference

We just returned from a wonderful NMEA Conference in Annapolis, MD and now we’re ready to start our own conference planning. Please read on for details about the FMSEA 2015 Conference and NMEA 2016 (did I mention that FMSEA is hosting?!)

FMSEA 2015: May 1 – 3, 2015 in Tampa, FL

NMEA 2016: June 25 – July 1, 2016 in Orlando, FL  fmsea.org/nmea16

We’re looking for some eager FMSEA members to serve on our Conference Committees. If you are interested in helping with either the 2015 or 2016 Conference (or both), please e-mail Kasey at president@fmsea.org. Here are some areas where we need help:
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Exhibits
  • Auctions
  • Field Trips
  • Speakers/Special Guests
  • Hospitality
  • Technology
  • Events (i.e. SciCafe, Banquet)
  • Transportation
  • Publications (i.e. signs, Conference program)
  • Sponsorship & Fund Raising

Last but not least, if you attended NMEA 2014, we would love to hear from you. What did you like? What would you like to see more of? Please send your feedback to nmea16@fmsea.org.

We hope to hear from you soon!


Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, 2014-2015 FMSEA President


INMEA President-elect Howard Rutherfordn case you missed the announcement (or don’t subscribe to scuttlebutt), FMSEA’s very own Howard Rutherford (former West Central Regional Director, former FMSEA President) was just elected president-elect of our national organization, National Marine Educators Association. Given his tremendous leadership in FMSEA and at his home institution (Pier Aquarium/Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center & Aquarium), he is sure to do Florida proud! This is just one more example of FMSEA’s role as a leader among the national chapters. Congratulations, Howard!

If you haven’t already registered for the national conference, it’s not too late! Visit the conference website to NMEA 2013 Conference Logoregister today! The planning committee has been working hard to provide a great schedule of events and attendees won’t be disappointed! If you DO plan on attending, please let me know so we have an idea of who will be there so we can all coordinate our outfits.

Many thanks to those who have responded about donations for the Chapter Basket! I must receive all donations by July 18th to have them at the conference. If you’d like to make a donation but aren’t able to get it to me by then, please send a full description, the retail value and an artistic rendering of the item in the medium of your choice by July 18th and we can make arrangements to ship it to the winning bidder of the basket. If you’re planning on bringing the item with you to Mobile, please still let me know ahead of time so we can taunt the other chapters.

Twitter headerFinally, if you aren’t able to be in Mobile for #nmea13, you can still participate through social media! Just as we did at #fmsea13, folks at the national conference will be tagging tweets, facebook updates, instagram pics, G+ posts and more with the official conference hashtag – #nmea13. You can use that hashtag to view all the related posts and keep track of what’s going on, but you can ALSO be part of the action yourself by sending questions/comments using the hashtag. The social media crew for NMEA will be monitoring and responding to posts on twitter and facebook and we want to hear from you! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about but want to get involved, just shoot me a message offline and I’ll make sure you’re all set!

I hope everyone is having a great summer and I hope to see many of you in Mobile!

Hello fellow FMSEAns! (FMSEAites? FMSEAers?) The annual National Marine Educators Association conference (#nmea13) is right around the corner in Mobile, Alabama, which is practically in Florida’s backyard! If you haven’t checked out the line-up of speakers and events, go to the conference website NOW! It is sure to be a great conference and we hope to have a strong Florida contingent. The annual conference is always a great opportunity to expand your professional network, learn about new programs, resources and opportunities, and refresh your passion for marine science education! One of the highlights of the conference is an opportunity to hear keynote speaker Richard Louv, bestselling author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, and his new book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. If you’ve never been to the national conference, or it’s been a while since you’ve attended, this is an excellent opportunity to (re)engage with our national organization! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!

With NMEA approaching, it’s also time to pool our resources so we can win back the title of Best Chapter Basket! If you’re not familiar with the Chapter Baskets, it is a (mostly)friendly competition among NMEA chapters during the silent auction. Chapters put together a basket of items, often revolving around a theme, and whichever basket raises the most money wins. I have already received several donations to the basket, but we have a long way to go to regain our proper place as supreme rulers of…err…I mean, so we can raise lots of money to support an excellent cause… As I was saying, if you have items to donate and are going to the conference, please let me know so that I can pull together a list. If you have items to donate and are not attending, contact me (nmea-rep @ fmsea.org) and we can make arrangements to get them to Mobile.

Hope to see you all in Mobile!

Are you a member of our national organization?

by Editor 2013/04/12 Littoral Drift (Community News)

Are you a member of our national organization, National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)? If not, you’ll hear all about what this great group of people is doing to move Ocean Literacy forward when NMEA President, Craig Strang, gives the Saturday morning Keynote at #fmsea13. Be sure to register today at www.fmsea.org/2013!

2013 FMSEA Annual Conference
CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS: OLD FLORIDA, NEW SCIENCE • May 2-5, 2013 • FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute • Fort Pierce, FL

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