I am updating our email and communications services, converting FMSEA over to Google Apps for Nonprofits. Communications may be a little wonky for a couple days as I go through the steps of recreating everyone’s email details.

If you are having trouble and it’s urgent, please send me a message at support @ fmsea.org and I’ll route it to the right person.

I hope to have everything back together by SundayTuesday.

First and foremost I would like to thank all of you who renewed your memberships and will be continuing on this journey with me for another year. Second I would like to remind you that we will be hosting the National Marine Science Educators Association annual conference here next year on June 25-July 1, 2016. This being a national conference and lasting much longer than our annual conference it takes a lot of planning. We are seeking people to help on committees in many different areas. I am in charge of the auction (both silent and live) and can use assistance on my committee. Even if you don’t have time to serve on the committee, if you have any connections for auction items we would appreciate it, especially for any bigger ticket items for the live auction (think artwork, jewelry, equipment, vacation packages, autographed items, etc.). Please email me with any interest or contacts.

The other committee that is currently asking for assistance is Registration. We have included a list of registration tasks below.  If you are considering attending the conference and could help out, please contact Laura Fauver at membership@fmsea.org. Below that are more opportunities and news not related to the conference so don’t miss out on everything we have listed in the blog.

Registration Table Volunteers

Time Frame: Sunday, June 26 (12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.) and Monday, June 27 through Wednesday, June 30 (7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.).  You can volunteer to work in shifts or for an entire day.

Duties:  Registration table volunteers will check in pre-registered participants and distribute registration envelopes, bags, and t-shirts.  They will also help register participants on-site using the online registration form.  The registration committee chair will be available to assist with any questions that arise throughout the conference.

Preparing Participant Name Tags and Envelopes

Time Frame:  One week prior to conference (Tampa Bay and surrounding area volunteers)

Duties:  Volunteers will help print nametags and envelope labels as well as stuff envelopes with registration information.

Bag Stuffing

Time Frame:  One week prior to the conference (Tampa Bay and surrounding area volunteers) and Saturday, June 25 (at the conference site in Orlando)

Duties:  Volunteers will help stuff conference bags with the program, promotional items, and give-aways.  This will be conducted in two stages.  One week prior the bags will be stuffed with items gathered and available locally in the Tampa Bay area.  On Saturday, June 25 we will add items brought to the conference from other parts of the state.

Soliciting Promotional Items and Give-Aways for Conference Bags

Time Frame:  Any time prior to conference; Preference is to have all items assured by February 2016.

Duties:  Volunteers will solicit businesses for eco-friendly give-aways such as reusable sandwich bags, reusable coffee mugs or water bottles, paper straws, etc.  If you have contacts to businesses who may be able to provide these types of items, please let me know!

I’m Thinking of a Number

Do you like numbers? Do you have a collection of calculators? Do you find calm in a balanced budget? Have you wanted to hang out with a bunch of awesome marine educators every few months? Then do we have the (volunteer) job for you. FMSEA is in need of someone to step into the position of Treasurer on the board. Contact president@fmsea.org if you are interested and want more information.

Wish for Fish

Do you want to collect marine and freshwater organisms for educational use? There are two Aquatic Species Collection Workshops happening in our region in the next few months. Join us at Riverwalk Nature Center from 11a-2p, Saturday, August 29. While, Lyonia Environmental Center will host one 2-4:30, Saturday, October 10. The cost is $25 for a three year permit. Click the links above to register.

Events At EEL

Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands nature centers Sams House and Barrier Island Center both have marine themed events going on this month. Check out their calendars at the links above.


August Updates

by Kerri on 2015/08/02

in Southeast

Hello FMSEA Southeast! I hope this finds you all well. I just returned from a great FMSEA Board Meeting in Orlando, full of ideas and collaboration. Committee chairs are working hard to plan the 2016 National Marine Educator’s Association annual conference, which FMSEA is hosting in Orlando next summer, June 26th – July 1st. There is still lots to be done, and we can use your help! If you’re interested in volunteering, or helping out with any of our committees, please let me know! As always, if you have anything you would like me to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Beneath the Waves Film Submission
Have you been immersed in the ocean under complete darkness? Are you about to start a summer of nighttime-based field research? We want to hear your stories! Beneath the Waves is currently accepting films for a special collaboration with the “Fish at Night” conference in November 2015. The deadline for submission is September 1, 2015. Your film must meet our regular submission criteria (less than 10 minutes in length) and focus on ocean exploration or research in dark conditions. This includes work in polar environments, deep seas, or at night. If your film is accepted, it will be featured at the conference to an international audience of scientists. You will also have the opportunity to attend the conference and present your film in person. Please visit our website for more information, and contact collections@beneaththewaves.org with specific questions.

Project Learning Tree Offering Online Professional Development Courses
For 40 years, Project Learning Tree has provided teachers and other educators with high-quality professional development in environmental education and fun activities that meet current education standards for PreK-12 students. The core of our professional development program has been, and continues to be, in-person workshops. We are pleased to announce that PLT now also offers educators online professional development opportunities that reflect current research and model best practices. Our first online workshop is for PreK-8 educators, and more are in development.

Guy Harvey Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest
Guy Harvey Magazine is holding a Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest! Send us your best sustainable seafood recipe, we’ll cook it, eat it and judge it! The First Place winner gets a Wavespin reel DH 3000z, GHM T-shirt and a free year of Guy Harvey Magazine, runner up gets a DOA Lures Kit and a free year of Guy Harvey Magazine, and the Third place prize is a GHM T-Shirt and a free year of Guy Harvey Magazine. Visit the website for more information, and to enter.

Florida Master Naturalist Program – Conservation Science
Date: October 26-28, 2015
Location: Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157
Click here for more information and to register

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Expedition
The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research just launched the Web page for the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Expedition – Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters Off Hawaii 2015 on its Ocean Explorer website. This Expedition posting hosts a mission plan, background essays, an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module that includes an expedition purpose, standards-based lessons, interactive multimedia activities for students, career connections and much more! Educators, students and the general public will also be able to follow along and watch this expedition unfold in real-time via the internet.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center Opens Go Blue Awards Nominations
The Seventh Annual Go Blue Awards Luncheon, featuring Joel Sartore as special guest & keynote speaker, will recognize businesses, non-profits and individuals who have promoted, implemented, or contributed to a “Blue” lifestyle of marine conservation. Awards will be given to those who are leading the way in raising awareness and have made significant contributions to improve and protect our oceans, beaches and wildlife.

Please consider nominating a deserving individual, business or non-profit who are making significant efforts to preserve our precious oceans and marine life. A nomination form is attached; please see the website for more information; all nominations are due by August 25th.

REEF Fest 2015
September 24-27, 2015, Key Largo, Florida
Join REEF in celebrating marine conservation success with diving, seminars, and parties! Festivities begin Thursday with afternoon seminars and then a welcome party at the Caribbean Club. Friday and Saturday are full days, with diving in the mornings, seminars in the afternoons, and social events in the evenings (Friday Open House at REEFHQ and Saturday Celebration Dinner Party). The fun wraps up on Sunday with more organized dives. All REEF Fest events are open to the public; complete details on the schedule, including the lineup of seminars, diving opportunities, and social gatherings, as well as travel logistics and hotel arrangements, are available online here.

Expedition 356: Indonesian Throughflow Live Video Broadcast
Come join the JOIDES Resolution July 31-September 30, 2015 as we explore to better understand climate change and the development of the Australian monsoon off the west coast of Australia. Our education program will focus on this exploration, the very nature and process of science, and careers.

Since March 2009, live ship-to-shore conferences from the JOIDES Resolution have inspired thousands of students, teachers, and museum visitors. Our live video events lift science out of the textbooks and allow students to learn about cutting edge research and careers by talking directly to scientists, technicians, and crew as they live and work aboard the vessel. Requests for interactive, 30-45-minute Zoom interactions are handled on a first come, first served basis. Educators can sign up for live, free ship-to-shore interactions with Expedition 356 here.

Go Blue Nominations

ASCW in Cedar Key on October 3rd, 2015

by Earnie 2015/08/02 North

Aquatic Species Collection Workshop in Cedar Key at the FWC Senator George G. Kirkpatrick  Marine Laboratory on October 3, 2015.  Cost of workshop is $25 with a complimentary membership to FMSEA. Sign up via this link: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-cedarkey-151003 PLEASE NOTE!!!! After completion of the workshop, an optional trawl and field trip to Seahorse Key Marine Lab […]

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Southwest Regional Update-August 2015

by Dana 2015/07/28 Regional Reports

Hello fellow FMSEA members! I hope everyone is enjoying a fabulous marine science filled summer. Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Dana Henderson, School Programs Coordinator at Mote Marine Laboratory and your new Southwest Regional Director! I hope to make Jason (our past RD) and all of you proud. […]

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FMSEA at 2015 NMEA Conference

by Mellie 2015/07/25 Uncategorized

NMEA’s Annual Conference in Newport, Rhode Island was fantastic! There were 311 marine science educators from around the world attending the conference. The Plenary and Concurrent Session were great. One of the most popular sessions was Maia McGuire’s “Microplastics – the sources might surprise you.” As you can see, many participants sat on the floor […]

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East Central Regional Update – July 2015

by Brandon 2015/07/07 East Central

A few interesting opportunities coming up for you. Also, don’t forget that if you didn’t attend the conference and haven’t done so already you will need to renew your membership by the end of June. It is only $20 and gets you great regional outings (see the next one for July below), scholarships for professional […]

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July Updates

by Kerri 2015/07/06 Southeast

Hello FMSEA Southeast! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I enjoyed seeing several FMSEA members at the National Marine Educators Association this past week in Newport, Rhode Island. Many wonderful ideas and resources were exchanged, and we are now gearing up to host the National Meeting next year in Orlando! The 2016 meeting […]

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by Jaclyn 2015/06/15 Crow's Nest

Hello wonderful FMSEA members! I wanted to take a second and introduce myself. My name is Jaclyn and I will be serving as president-elect for the next year. For those of you who have the summer off I hope you are enjoying your time! For those working summer camps and other projects I hope you […]

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East Central Regional Update – June 2015

by Brandon 2015/06/06 East Central

I hope the summer is off to a great start for everyone. Some of you are relaxing after school being out while others (like myself) are just ramping up into our busiest time of year with summer camps. Just a few quick things of note. First and foremost is to remind you that if you […]

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