Hello West Central members!
I just wanted to write a quick note and wish all you of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! I also received a request for volunteers for the 11th annual Spoonbill bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Spoonbill bowl is part of the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) and is an academic competition for high school students that is based in the major areas of oceanography. The 2015 Spoonbill bowl will be held on February 7th, 2015 at the USF’s College of Marine Science, USF St. Petersburg, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) facilities in St. Petersburg, FL. Please click on the link below to find what volunteer positions are available and how to sign up!
As usual please send me the awesome marine science work you are doing with your students. I would love to feature you on our blog!
Let me know if you need anything from me!
BLUE is an enlightening and entertaining 7-Day summit showcasing the world’s finest ocean films and award winning marine photography along with a filmmakers marketplace, science and conservation seminars, international policy discussions and a robust ocean media industry conference.
This year, for the first time BLUE was hosted in the Tampa Bay Area from November 3- 9. The festival kicked off with Grand Community cleanup all over Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties and an evening showing in the Park of the “The Island President”. Later in the week, former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed was honored with the Mission Blue Rolex award from Dr. Sylvia Earle for his distinguished work advocating for carbon abatement in the face of sea level.
The highlight for many were the evening film viewings and Q & Panels which included “James Cameron’s DeepSea Challenge 3D”, Fabien Cousteau’s “MISSION 31”, Jon Bowermater’s “Antarctica 3D: On The Edge”, “MISSION BLUE” Presentation of the Sylvia Earle Award, and the special screening of Jeremy Irons’ “Trashed”.
There was local student competition category as well. Youth film makers Madison Lucier with Shark Angels and Preston Buchanan with Canterbury SCUBA Crew placed in the top three with their film entries.
Looking forward, next year BLUE will be hosted in Monaco from Nov 7- 9 and will return to the city of Saint Petersburg in November of 2016. Florida residents, educators, conservationists, filmmakers and the like look forward to the growth of this awesome event.
This is Jaclyn updating you on things going on in our region. Two weeks ago we have the St. Petersburg Science festival and FWC’s Marine Quest. It was great to see FMSEA members out there. Overall they were both very successful events.
Next month the biggest ocean event of the year will be happening in St. Petersburg – the 2014 Blue Ocean Film Festival. If you haven’t checked out the schedule you can find it here: http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/ (There is also a free app for smart phones).
Speakers include, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Fabien Cousteau, Celine Cousteau, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Dr. Robert Ballard, Sir Richard Branson and many more.
There are also several workshops happening at the Florida aquarium in November: http://www.flaquarium.org/education-camps/school-programs/teacher-programs.aspx
Please let me know if I can share any of the great marine science work you are doing with our region! Also feel free to reach out to me if you need anything marine related.