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.




Hello everyone,

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:  (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:
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.



Ahoy, FMSEA North Members and members from other regions!  Maria Sgambati of the University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory has an important announcement below:


seahorse key lab

The University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory will be holding Open Houses Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19 from 9am-3pm. This open house corresponds with Cedar Key’s annual Seafood Festival, which often draws thousands of visitors to town. Our open houses are conducted with our partners, the US Fish and Wildlife Service to help raise awareness about the conservation, research and education missions of our organizations. But the big draw for the open house is the rare opportunity to visit the Cedar Keys Light Station.


Volunteers are needed for touch tanks, seine netting and tide pool stations on the south beach, and drink and t-shirt sales.

There is also the opportunity to spend either Friday night or Saturday night or both nights in the historic lighthouse.

The U.F. boat schedule is as follows:

Friday October 17th – 11am – trawl with Kenny and Maria and arrive at Seahorse Key around 2pm. Set up touch tanks. 

Saturday October 18th – depart Cedar Key 8am, return Cedar Key 4pm

Sunday October 19th – depart Cedar Key 8am, return Cedar Key 4pm

Please let me know if you are interested and specifics of when you can come. Preference is for all day volunteers to ease boat transportation but other limited boat transportation is available if you can only come for part of the day.

Maria Sgambati, M.D.Education and Outreach Program Manager

202.486.6491 (mobile)

Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory

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Amelia Island – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 11/15/14

by Kathy 2014/10/03 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

DATE OF WORKSHOP Sat Nov 15 2014 14:00:00 GMT-0500 (EST) VENUE Omni Amelia Island Plantation Nature Center FACILITATOR Kathy  Russell 904-509-2484 REGISTRATION LINK: NOTES: This is a RESCHEDULED workshop that will replace the Oct. 4 workshop previously scheduled at this location. Park at the Veranda Restaurant. No security gate access required. Workshop will […]

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September Update West Central Region

by Jaclyn 2014/09/22 Regional Reports

Hello FMSEA members! Here is your regional update for the West Central Region. We had a fantastic multi-regional outing at the Marine Science Station in Crystal River on September 13.  We snorkeled in the Gulf and in the springs of Crystal River. Thanks for all of you who came! We are planning to make this […]

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Sarasota – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 11/01/14

by Kathy 2014/09/19 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

Sarasota – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop DATE OF WORKSHOP Sat Nov 01 2014 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) VENUE Mote Marine Laboratory 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Sarasota, FL FACILITATOR Jason Robertshaw 941-388-4441 REGISTRATION LINK: NOTES: Participants may participate in an optional field sampling after the workshop. Also note, the Sarasota Waterfestival ( will be held […]

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Islamorada – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 10/18/14

by Kathy 2014/09/11 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

DATE OF WORKSHOP Sat Oct 18 2014 08:30:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) VENUE FIU Aquarius Reef Base 85932 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL FACILITATOR Dawn Miller-Walker 954-680-7977 (office) 954-257-2872 (cell) REGISTRATION LINK:–FIUAquarius141018 NOTES: Maximum of 15 participants allowed due to space.

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Dania Beach – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 9/18/14

by Kathy 2014/09/05 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

DATE OF WORKSHOP Thu Sep 18 2014 08:30:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) VENUE John U Lloyd Beach State Park 6503 N Ocean Dr. Dania Beach, FL FACILITATOR Dawn Miller-Walker 954-257-2872 REGISTRATION LINK: NOTES: The workshop will be at the Jetty Pavilion at the very end of the park on the right side. There is a […]

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September 2014 East Central Regional Update

by Brandon 2014/09/03 East Central

I hope the start of the school year has been going well for everyone. We have a lot of opportunities for this month including one I’ve been personally involved in and can’t recommend more; so, we’ll start with that one. Climate Training I participated over a year ago in the National Network for Ocean and […]

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Southwest Region Update–September 2014

by Jason 2014/09/02 Regional Reports

Hello FMSEA members, here is an update for the Southwest Region (Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Collier). Remember, if there are events in our region that you’d like to see promoted here, please let me know. Also, if you are having an event and would like someone from FMSEA represented there, I can help […]

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