West Central

FMSEA 2015

Dear FMSEA members,

There is still time to register for our annual FMSEA 2015 conference! Conference dates are April 30 – May 3, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. Please see the attached PDF for the conference schedule and the amazing guest speakers we have lined up! To register click the link below:



Also from our FMSEA friend and author David Helvarg the release of his new book: Saved By the Sea:

You’ve seen the recent headline, “Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction.”   No one knows this better, or offers a clearer path to restoring our living seas than ‘Saved by the Sea’ author David Helvarg


“This book has the power to change the way you think about the world, about yourself, and the future of humankind.”

Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence

“David Helvarg has done an awful lot to protect the world’s oceans, not least this fine piece of writing.”

Bill McKibben, author and climate activist

Amazing and often heartrending adventures in and around the ocean…a great read from an outstanding writer.”

Philippe Cousteau, ocean explorer, CNN Correspondent

“Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study says” read the recent New York Times cover story about the report in the journal Science that found “Despite our late start, humans have already powerfully changed virtually all marine ecosystems.”

How we can still turn the tide and restore the blue in our red, white and blue is the message David Helvarg, author and founder of the marine conservation and policy group Blue Frontier (www.bluefront.org) and co-founder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards conveys in an urgent yet personal manner.

He is an acknowledged leader in the fight to protect our ocean, coasts and the communities and economies that depend on them.   He works with bottom up ‘Seaweed’ (marine grassroots) activists to create change as well as National and Global Leaders like this year’s Benchley Award winners in policy and national stewardship Secretary of State John F. Kerry and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco who will join Helvarg and others in Washington DC on May 14.

The updated paperback edition of his memoir, SAVED BY THE SEA: Hope, Heartbreak and Wonder in the Blue World, is the remarkable story of his Zelig-like life on the frontlines of history and the marine environment, where his struggle has become a visionary and at times all consuming cause.

Helvarg personally witnesses massive assaults on our blue planet from calving glaciers and other climate impacts in Antarctica to Hurricane Katrina, to the BP Oil Spill to coral bleaching in Fiji and Australia in this engaging book while also offering ways to begin restoring the seas he loves.  For this is also a love story.  His love for the sea, his love of high-risk adventure, rallying to a cause larger that any one individual, and his love of the one person who was able to keep pace with Helvarg as he traveled around the globe in search of the next dive or environmental challenge: the late Nancy Ledansky.

A soul mate and adventure partner on many levels, Ledansky helped Helvarg not only in his missions but gave him the motivation to keep going despite the many obstacles he ran into: government informants, guerilla gunmen, polluting oil companies – and other “salt-water special interests” – that only saw profit-and-loss ledgers where he found life abundant but gravely threatened.

When Ledansky was diagnosed with breast cancer, Helvarg writes that she fought the disease with the same courage she battled for the environment: she kept going with a fierce will to survive.  After a series of gains and setbacks Ledansky finally lost her battle in 2002.  For a time this crushing personal loss set Helvarg back, but in dedicating himself to the cause they both shared, he eventually found a reason to continue.

Says Helvarg in SAVED BY THE SEA, “I’d lost many loved ones and was about to lose another but after a time of pain and uncertainty I determined to fight for the one love that still might (or might not) be saved, the one I will always return to…to protect our mother ocean I will also assure myself of continued risk and adventure, a larger social purpose for living, and perhaps even the occasional moment of transcendence, something any one of us might aspire to by taking the plunge.”

Along with the author’s work for the oceans, this book also shows his developmental arc as an award-winning journalist, going from war zones including Northern Ireland during “the troubles,” El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua in the late ‘70s and early 1980s, to working as a Private Investigator on homicide and wrongful death cases to the many investigative stories he reported on as a TV producer, radio reporter and writer including corporate assaults on our oceans, coasts and the people who depend on them.

The book is available on amazon and book stores now!

Hope to see you at FMSEA 2015!



Hello FMSEA members!

Please see below for some exciting happenings in our regions:

We are hosting an Aquatic Species collection workshop at Saint Paul’s school in Clearwater on March 25, 2015 at 5:30 PM.
The address is 1600 Saint Paul’s Drive Clearwater, Florida 33774
You will pull into the main lot and look for the building labeled science. We will have a door open and signs pointing you in the right direction.
 The link to register for the workshop is:
If you are unsure if you are eligible for this permit please check our website here: http://fmsea.org/events/ascw/
Space is limited so sign up today!

The FMSEA 2015 Conference registration is now OPEN!  Register today at: http://fmsea.org/events/conferences/2015-tampa-bay/
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Early registrations (before March 27, 2015) – $155 annual member / $130 lifetime members
Conference hotel information: Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
Single $149/Double $159/Triple $169/Quad $179
Valet only $10/night
(813)223-2222 *mention “FMSEA” for discount
Professional Development Opportunity:
Exploration & Research – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) oceanexplorer.noaa.gov
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection
How Do We Explore? Professional Development – Part Two for Educators of Grades 5-12
Saturday, April 11, 2015 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
In Partnership with University of South Florida, College of Marine Science and hosted by the Clam Bayou Marine Education Center St. Petersburg, Florida

All life on Earth relies on the ocean— yet, the ocean is 95 percent unexplored, unknown and unseen by human eyes…
Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research’s Melissa Ryan as you are introduced to Volume 2 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How Do We Explore? Learn how to use standards-based lessons and online resources that guide classroom discovery into the innovative exploration strategies, underwater robots and other ocean tools used onboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Topics include selecting sites for exploration in a largely unknown ocean, underwater mapping, and exploring the water column. Deep ocean exploration with remotely operated vehicles and telepresence technology that enables participation during ocean exploration missions from shore in real time is also addressed. This is Part Two of a two-part professional development series, Part One in which you should have already participated. If space is available, educators who have not yet participated in Part One are welcome to register for Part Two.

Registration is required and space is limited. Educators attending the full day will receive Volume 2 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore?, other resources, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, a continental breakfast, and lunch. Educators who have completed both Why Do We Explore? (Part One) and How Do We Explore? (Part Two) will receive a $100 stipend.
Registration Deadline is March 20, 2015
Contact Angela Lodge at alodge@usf.edu for registration form.



Hello FMSEA members!

We are hosting an Aquatic Species collection workshop at Saint Paul’s school in Clearwater on March 25, 2015 at 5:30 PM.
The address is 1600 Saint Paul’s Drive Clearwater, Florida 33774
You will pull into the main lot and look for the building labeled science. We will have a door open and signs pointing you in the right direction.
The link to register for the workshop is:
If you are unsure if you are eligible for this permit please check our website here: http://fmsea.org/events/ascw/
Space is limited so sign up today!
Any questions please contact me at jgerakios@st.pauls.edu

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