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 ( 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!



April Updates

by Kerri on 2015/03/31

in Southeast

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all doing well; we have lots of great workshops and events this month, and our FMSEA Annual Conference is just a few weeks away! As always, if you have anything you would like me to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

2015 FMSEA Annual Conference

Registration is still open for our 2015 FMSEA Annual Conference that will be held in Tampa April 30th – May 3rd! Registration link and hotel information can be found on our website, as well as a schedule of events. Come out and see all the latest and greatest in Marine Science Education in our state.

Sea Camp Marine Education Workshop: Big Pine Key

Friday, April 24th through Sunday, April 26th
Please see attached flyer for details and to register. The weekend also includes an Aquatic Species Collection Workshop!

Canoe and Kayak Training at Everglades Youth Conservation Camp

EYCC (Everglades Youth Conservation Camp) is hosting Level 1 and 2 Kayak training, as well as Level 1 Canoe training in April in May. Please see attached flyer and contact Janice Kerber with questions, and to register.

Celebrate Earth Month with the Coral Reef Conservation Program

PADI Project Aware: Thur, April 2 (6-9pm)
Stony Coral ID: Tue, April 7 (12-3pm) & Thur, April 9 (6-9pm)
SEAFAN BleachWatch: Tue, April 14 (12-2pm) & Thur, April 16 (6-8pm)
Marine Invertebrate ID: Tue, April 21 (12-3pm) & Thur, April 23 (6-9pm)
Reef Fish ID:Tue, April 28 (12-3pm) & Thur, April 30 (6-9pm)

These FREE classes are offered by Florida Department of Environmental Protection; please contact with any questions, and to reserve your seat. Classes will be held at the Biscayne Bay Environmental Center located at 1277 NE 79th Street Causeway, Miami, FL 33138. Class descriptions may be found here.

Great American Clean-up

Saturday, April 18th is the Great American Clean-up, and there are sites all over the region to choose from! The attached flyer lists sites for Palm Beach County, and you can also check out the Keep America Beautiful website to find sites closer to you.

Science Without Borders Challenge

Inspire your students to learn about science using art! The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is proud to announce that “Reef Relationships” is the theme for this year’s Science without Borders Challenge. The Science without Borders Challenge is a yearly art competition that engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. The international competition is open to all students 11-19 years old. To participate, challengers must submit an original piece of artwork by Monday, April 27, 2015. The first place winner will win a $500 scholarship. For more details, please view the contest rules and an entry form here.

FMSEA Awards

FMSEA annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Please visit the website for more information, and to apply!


Great American Clean-up

Canoe and Kayak Training

Seacamp Teachers Workshop 2015


3/27/2015 15:30:00


Riverview High School
1 Ram Way
Sarasota, FL 34231

Jason Robertshaw

Diane Bassett


Third floor of three story building, classroom #5-316.

Clearwater – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 3/25/2015

by Kathy 2015/03/18 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

DATE OF WORKSHOP 3/25/2015 17:00:00 VENUE Saint Paul’s School 1600 Saint Pauls Drive Clearwater, FL 33764 FACILITATOR Jaclyn Gerakios 7272600799 CO-FACILITATOR Jenna Cummings REGISTRATION LINK

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Panama City Beach – Aquatic Species Collection Workshop – 3/24/2015

by Kathy 2015/03/18 The Dip Net (Aquatic Species Collections Workshop)

DATE OF WORKSHOP 3/24/2015 16:00:00 CT VENUE Gulf World Marine Park 15412 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413 FACILITATOR Stephanie Nagle 850-234-5271 x 210 CO-FACILITATOR Rosalyn Kilcollins REGISTRATION LINK:

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East Central March 2015 Update

by Brandon 2015/03/09 East Central

Don’t forget that we have the Regional Outing coming up this Sunday at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna. It will be a great day of marsh walks and kayaking thanks to the generous support of the staff at the Marine Discovery Center. There are still a few spaces left so please sign up […]

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Call for Volunteer Judges and Aquatic Species Collection Workshop

by Jaclyn 2015/03/03 Uncategorized

Hello West Central FMSEA members, We are looking for volunteer judges for the 60th anniversary Florida State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF).  The event will be held at the Lakeland Center, March 31st, April 1st and 2nd, 2015. The day for Judging is WEDNESDAY, April 1st from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with a lunch […]

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March Updates

by Kerri 2015/03/01 Southeast

Hello Everyone! I hope Spring is off to a good start for you all; we have several great workshops and events happening this season in our region. If you have anything you would like me to share on the blog, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Florida Forestry Teacher’s Tour Accepting Applications Teachers’ applications are […]

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East Central Regional Update February 2015

by Brandon 2015/02/19 East Central

There are lots of great things to share this month so I’m just going to get on with it. Regional Outing in New Smyrna Beach As previously mentioned we will have our regional outing on Sunday March, 15. It will be held at the Marine Discovery Center at 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 […]

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West Central Regional Updates February 2015

by Jaclyn 2015/02/19 Regional Reports

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 […]

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