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 you with that too. Thanks.

Jason Robertshaw
FMSEA Southwest Regional Director
rd-southwest @ fmsea.org
941-388-4441 x 250


Southwest Region Outing – November 1, 2014

Join us on Saturday, November 1 for a Southwest Regional Outing. There will be an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop at Mote Marine Laboratory in the morning from 9 am–11 am. We will then explore the Sarasota Bay Waterfest at Ken Thompson Park from 12pm–4pm.

Sarasota County – Community Foundation of Sarasota County Exploration Grant

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has Exploration grant funding available for the 2013-2014 school year. Grants are available to teachers to fund EdExploreSRQ.com explorations. These funds can cover the cost of the exploration for students, transportation, sub costs (if one is necessary) and other costs directly linked to the Exploration.

FMSEA Annual Conference 2015

Next year’s conference location has been announced. Join us from April 30–May 3, 2015 for FMSEA 2015–TAMPA BAY: VISION OF THE PAST, KEY TO THE FUTURE. Visit 2015.fmsea.org to check for details and contact Heather Segura if you’d like to volunteer (2015@fmsea.org).


Charlotte Harbor – Seagrass Wading Trip to Cedar Point Park

* WHERE: Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224
* WHEN: Friday, September 5, 2014, 9 am–11:30 am
* DESCRIPTION: Get wild & wet! Join CHEC at Cedar Point Environmental Park on a Seagrass Adventure Wading Trip into Lemon Bay in search of marine organisms such as sea horse, crabs and juvenile fish.
*REGISTER: Free but registration required. Call 941-475-0769

Sarasota Bay Guardians–Pond & Butterfly Garden Planting

* WHERE: The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St W, Cortez, FL 34215
* WHEN: September 27, 2014
* DESCRIPTION: Sarasota Bay Guardians is a family-friendly volunteer program that SBEP manages in partnership with Around the Bend Nature Tours. The SBEP Bay Guardian program was established to engage residents of all ages in the ongoing efforts to restore and protect Sarasota Bay. It also provides participants with an opportunity to learn and make new connections with other individuals who care about Sarasota Bay habitat and wildlife.
*REGISTER: Sara Kane at (941) 955-8085 or sara@sarasotabay.org, sarasotabay.org/get-involved/bay-guardian-volunteers/

Aquatic Species Collection Workshop

* WHERE: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
* WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:00–11:00 am
* DESCRIPTION: The workshop is available to certified Florida teachers and/or eligible employees of educational centers. The primary workshop objective is to promote best practices in the collection and maintenance of aquatic organisms for educational activities. Upon successful completion of the training workshop, a participant receives a certification that is authorized by both FMSEA and Commission representatives and valid for 3 years.
*REGISTER: $25, online registration https://www.regonline.com/ascw-mote-141101.

Sarasota Waterfest 2014

* WHERE: Ken Thompson Park, Sarasota, FL
* WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
* DESCRIPTION: Join the fun celebration of the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life featuring live music and the “aqua-garde” fashion show. The party will help raise donations for Sea to Shore Alliance and Save Our Seabirds. Also NEW for 2014 is a Pet Zone with pet-loving exhibitors and giveaways.

2014 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

* WHERE: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
* WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014
* DESCRIPTION: Students of all ages can work with their peers, adult mentors, marine scientists and conservationists to learn about threats to ocean ecosystems and get a chance to develop their own ocean conservation projects. A variety of workshops and trainings will give them the skills necessary for success. Students will network and learn about careers in the marine science field from a variety of conservation organizations.
* REGISTER: http://www.stowitdontthrowitproject.org/

Sun Oct 05 2014 12:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL

Brandon Smith


The class will be held in “The Workshop” building at the Nature Discovery Center. Following the classroom portion a field collection activity will be held, so participant should prepare to get wet, including closed toed shoes.

Sat Oct 11 2014 09:30:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa , FL

Jaclyn Gerakios


Amelia Island – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 10/4/14

by Kathy 2014/08/22 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

Amelia Island – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop DATE OF WORKSHOP Sat Oct 04 2014 14:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) VENUE Omni Plantation 39 Beach Lagoon Rd Amelia Island, FL FACILITATOR Kathy Russell collections@fmsea.org 904-509-2484 REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-amelia141004 NOTES: Park at the Veranda Restaurant. No security gate access required. Workshop will be held in the adjacent Raquet Park […]

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Crystal River – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 10/4/14

by Kathy 2014/08/22 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

Crystal River – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop DATE OF WORKSHOP Sat Oct 04 2014 09:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) VENUE Marine Science Station – Citrus County Schools 12646 West Fort Island Trail Crystal River, FL FACILITATOR Earnie Olsen rd-north@fmsea.org (352) 795-4393 REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-MarineScienceStationCitrusCoSchools20141004

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August Northeast Update

by Jennie Fagan 2014/08/21 Northeast

Happy start to the new school year to all of the teachers!  This is going to be an exciting couple of years with a fantastic conference in Tampa May 1-3 followed by FMSEA hosting the the NMEA conference in 2016!   Last Saturday several of the Northeast members alongs with spouses and kids took a […]

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Deland – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop

by Kathy 2014/08/17 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

DATE OF WORKSHOP Wed Sep 10 2014 16:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) VENUE Volusia County Agricultural Center: Auditorium 3100 East New York Ave Deland, FL FACILITATOR Brandon Smith rd-eastcentral@fmsea.org (321) 433-4490 REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.regonline.com/ascw-volusia_1595019

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Multi Regional Outing

by Jaclyn 2014/08/06 North

Join us on September 13th, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at 12646 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL for a multi-regional outing. We will be snorkeling in the gin-clear waters of the Gulf through outstanding seagrass meadows, sponge beds, and hardbottom areas. Lunch will be provided. Please bring the following items: bathing suit, […]

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East Central Regional Update August 2014

by Brandon 2014/08/02 East Central

Bring the Ocean into You Classroom We have two Aquatic Species Collection Workshops coming up in our Region. One in Brevard County, on August 9, and one in Volusia County on September 10. After completion you will receive a permit that will allow you to collect marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates for educational use […]

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by Kasey 2014/07/24 Captain's Log (President)

Calling all FMSEA members! 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 […]

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