I know the summer can be quite busy for most of you especially those in the informal realm. I know I’m deep into summer camps along with many other summer programs for libraries and the like. I am coming up for air to give you a quick update on a few things of interest in the near future with the first two coming up this weekend. Hope you enjoy the update.

Tour de Turtles

The Barrier Island Center is hosting their must attend soiree this Saturday followed by a sea turtle release on Sunday. The also have guided sea turtle walks offered throughout the the end of July. Find out more information on the flyer here. Also, check out their August events here for “Shark Week, Every Week.”

Oysters on the Half Shell (or Maybe That Was Shoreline)

Seminole Rest Living Shoreline Event: July 25 & 26, 2014 Oyster Restoration Help with planting native vegetation, laying oyster mats and shell bags in Canaveral National Seashore. Schedule • 8-11 Am each day @ Fellers House making shell bags (see directions below) • 11 AM – Noon each day, transport to Seminole Rest (Need people with trucks to meet at Fellers house to help transport) • Noon – 3 PM each day, deploy bags and plants (Seminole Rest, see directions below) Wear old clothes and closed toe shoes that will get wet. Bring water, food, sunscreen, insect repellant and good spirits for hard work!!! No RSVP required, Half or full day volunteers welcome Fellers House directions from UCF • Go West on University BLVD to SR-417 (Greenway) • Follow north to Lake Mary Blvd Exit • Right onto SR-427. Then right again @ light onto Lake Mary Blvd. Follow to end at SR-46 (light) • Cross SR-46 onto SR-415, follow North to light at SR-44. Turn right onto SR-44 to New Smyrna Beach • Follow SR-44 across bridge over ICW to where it changes to SR-A1A. Follow along beach south to ending at park entrance. At park gate, Identify yourself as An Oyster Volunteer Fellers House once inside the park • Follow park road south to Eldora Road, turn Right • Just past Eldora parking lot, turn right onto dirt road (look for the sign the says UCF Research Facility) • Take 1st right on driveway to Fellers House Seminole Rest (Noon – 3 PM) Located in Oak Hill on River Road just south of Goodrich’s Seafood Resturant From New Smyrna Beach • Follow US-1 South turn left at Oak hill Flea Market onto Canal Ave, • OR Left in downtown Oak Hill onto East Halifax Ave. Follow east to River Road and the park. From Titusville or Mims • Take US-1 North, turn right in downtown Oak Hill onto East Halifax Ave • OR right onto Canal Ave at the Flea Market, follow east to River Road and the park If lost call 407-443-6943 (Paul)

Get Your Name in Lights (Or At Least on a Calendar)

There is still time to enter the Indian River Lagoon Photo Contest. Your work could be featured on next year’s Indian River Lagoon Calendar. The calendar is quite the hot commodity as we can’t seem to keep them on the shelves when they come out. Be one of the people who’s pictures shows up on office walls throughout the state. Find out more information below.

IRL Photo Contest

Wish for a Fish

Would you like to use fish and invertebrates for education. Learn the how and why to collecting and keeping species in your classroom in an upcoming aquatic species collection workshop. Upon completion of the workshop you will receive a permit from FWC that will allow you to collect and keep live specimens for educational purposes. The cost of the course and permit good for 3 years is $25.  Several classes are upcoming in our region: Brevard County: Riverwalk Park, Rockledge, FL, August 9, 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Find more details and register at Volusia County: Volusia County Agricultural Center, Deland, Fl, September 10. More details and registration link coming soon.

Go Beyond Green

Sure you put out recycling every Tuesday and you are now driving a Prius but do you know what it truly means to live sustainably? Find out the ins and outs of sustainable living and how it relates to our water resources and coastal areas of Florida during the upcoming Sustainable Floridians class offered by the Brevard County Extension Service starting on August 20.

What Can 4H Do For You?

Learn all about the programs offered by 4H in this open house in Brevard County on September 5.

Regional Outing

Our sister region (West Central) is having a regional outing on Saturday August 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. though if you are interested in attending you are more than welcome. This outing will be held at Canterbury School of Florida. 990 62nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL 33702 They will be viewing the documentary Shark Water: For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The running time for the film is 89 minutes. After the film viewing they will have a lesson plan sharing session with everyone in the Cousteau Center for Marine Studies. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for this outing please click on the link below: That’s all for now but remember if you have any items you think would be of interest to our members don’t hesitate to pass them along to me at We also have a board meeting coming up on August 2-3, if there are any topics you’d like me to bring up to the board please let me know.


Do you teach any budding cinematographers? The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®) is hosting its fifth annual Living on the Ocean Planet video contest in partnership with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). The goal is to showcase student-developed, original videos that educate the general public about ocean science and marine issues, and address the Essential Ocean Literacy Principles. Regional winners will be selected and announced in early May 2013. A National winner will be announced by June 2013. Deadline to apply is March 11. Download your NOSB Competition Packet for more information, rules, and registration.


I know it has been a few weeks since you last heard from me. I hope you all enjoyed the Fishmas installments. Things have been busy for me and I’m excited to have been accepted into both New England Aquarium’s National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and NOAA’s Climate Stewards. I’ll be attending my first NNOCCI training in Boston at the beginning of February and have already started webinars with NOAA. I hope to be able to bring you some great resources from my involvement in these two programs. Now on to other things available for you currently. There has been a lot of opportunities that have been released in just the last few weeks so this will be a long update, but I promise the items listed will be worth it. There workshops, internships, grants, summer enrichment programs (with stipends) and much more in store.

Teach a Man to Raise a Fish…

The Brevard County Extension Office, Florida Sea Grant and Indian River Research and Education Center will be offering an Intro to Aquaculture Workshop on February 4th from 10am-4pm.

The Introduction to Aquaculture Workshop is open to the public, and is specifically intended for individuals who have an interest in development or growth of aquaculture–related businesses. Aquaculture extension specialists from around the state, and a representative of the FDACS Division of Aquaculture, will present current information on the status of aquaculture in Florida, pros and cons of specific business ventures, an overview of state regulations, and a discussion of resources available to support these businesses.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension Office in Cocoa. Cost of the workshop is $10 and lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required at For additional information, contact Holly Abeels, Marine Science Extension Agent, at (321) 633-1702 or

Oysters on the Half Shell

The Brevard Zoo and UCF’s oyster restoration project has helped to restore 58 oyster reefs in the Mosquito Lagoon, now you can help too. They will be having public oyster mat making sessions on the first three Wednesdays of each month from 10am until noon for the next four months.  The dates and locations are as follows:

*Wed. January 16:  Barrier Island Center, Melbourne Beach
*Wed. February 6:  Riverwalk Nature Center, Rockledge
*Wed. February 13:  Erna Nixon Park, Melbourne
*Wed. Februrary 20:  Barrier Island Center, Melbourne Beach
*Wed. March 6:  Riverwalk Nature Center, Rockledge
*Wed. March 13:  Erna Nixon Park, Melbourne
*Wed. March 20:  Barrier Island Center, Melbourne Beach
*Wed. April 3:  Riverwalk, Rockledge
*Wed. April 10:  Erna Nixon Park, Melbourne
*Wed. April 17:  Barrier Island Center, Melbourne Beach

You can also find them at the Grant Seafood Festival collecting oyster shells, March 2nd and 3rd.  On the same Sunday, March 3rd, they’ll also be at the Environmental Learning Center’s 17th Annual EcoFest Open House Extravaganza.

If you’re interested in visiting them onsite at Brevard Zoo, they’ll have a booth set up at the Zoo’s Eco Fair Day, from 10am until 3pm (Zoo admission is required). They also have opportunities to drill oyster shells most every day at various environmental centers throughout the Brevard County. For more information contact Jody Palmer or Kirk Fusco at 321-254-9453 x265.


The Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2013 held on February 7, 2013, at Harbor Branch/FAU will offer an insight into the problems of the IRL as well as the resources of this diverse ecosystem. At $20, this is a bargain! Sign up today at:

Fresh, New, Exciting, and Made for YOU!

The GTM Research Reserve has NEW Community Education Programs. These weekly programs incorporate the most up-to-date NERR’s-led Science and are facilitated by trained Docents. Programs are FREE with paid entry into either the Environmental Education Center or the respective parking areas. As a side-note, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month GTM will incorporate a Skyping event with South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to talk with their scientists about oyster reef restoration.

Please Peruse a Plethora of Popular Programming Posthaste

The Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach is pulling out all the stops in February to purvey a potpourri of programs with perhaps something perfect for any penchant. So don’t delay to check out their Lagoon Legacy programs, as they are sure to fill up fast.

Ocean Literacy; Won’t the Pages Get Wet?

NOAA announces new Environmental Literacy Grants funding opportunity

NOAA’s Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications for projects designed to build the capacity of informal educators (including interpreters and docents) and/or formal educators (pre- or in-service) to use NOAA data and data access tools to help K-12 students and/or the public understand and respond to global change. Successful projects will enhance educators’ ability to use the wealth of scientific data, data visualizations, data access technologies, information products, and other assets available through NOAA (plus additional sources, if desired) to engage K-12 students and/or other members of the public in a minimum of two U.S. states or territories.

This funding opportunity identifies two priority categories of eligible applicants, both of equal importance. Eligible applicants for Priority 1 are collaborative teams of two or more U.S. institutions. Eligible applicants for Priority 2 are collaborative teams of two or more non-profit U.S. aquariums, of which at least one must be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Collaborative applicant teams in both Priority 1 and Priority 2 are strongly encouraged to include at least one applicant that has not previously received a grant from NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Grants program. Proposed projects in each priority must be between two and five years in duration and have combined federal requests of $500,000 – $1,000,000 for all years of the project.


The deadline for applications to this funding opportunity is 11:59:59 pm EST on March 12, 2013. Applications must be submitted online via It is anticipated that awards under this announcement will be made by September 30, 2013 and that the projects funded under this announcement will have a start date no earlier than October 1, 2013.

*Informational Webinar*

Two informational webinars with the program officers will occur on February 5, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EST and February 6, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EST.  Interested applicants should register by contacting by noon EST on February 1, 2013, and including in the Subject line of the email: “Register for Educator Capacity Building FFO Webinar” and providing the interested party’s name, institution, telephone number, email address and preferred webinar date in the body of the email. You will receive an email response from with the log-in information and date for the webinar. Whenever possible, individuals from the same institution should try to join the webinar from the same computer/phone line. To read the full funding announcement, visit

Darling, It’s Better Down Where It’s Wetter

MarineLab is offering a Weekend Workshop on seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef ecology at our facility in Key Largo, FL from February 15 – 17, 2013.  The cost is $150 and includes three snorkeling field trips, evening presentations, meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast, two night’s accommodations, and snorkel gear!  Continuing education points also available!

If you have any questions, email or call (800)741-1139.  Space is limited – send in your Registration Form soon!

And the Winner Is…

There are several marine environmental contests available to students for cash and other prizes that you can pass along.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in collaboration with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is conducting a national essay contest open to all middle and high school students in the United States.  The essay contest will run from January 15 through April 15, 2013.  The purpose of this contest is to encourage students to research and learn about African-American contributions to the maritime history of the United States.  Applicants must submit an essay on an African-American individual or group who made a significant contribution to U.S. maritime history.  Middle school applicants must write and submit an essay of no more than two pages typed double-spaced and high school applicants must write and submit an essay of no longer than three pages typed double-spaced to participate.  The essay has to be about a person or group of people who are NOT already profiled at the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) website, and the Voyage to Discovery website.  Prizes are $500 for middle school students and $1500 for high school students. For more information and to download the essay contest form, please visit

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is pleased to announce the Science Without Borders® Challenge, a contest meant to answer the question, “How Are We All Connected to the Oceans?” Students, ages 14-19, are asked to submit 1-5 minute videos that remind us how vital oceans are to our existence.

WHAT: To enter, each student will submit a multi‐media video presentation (15 minutes in length). The video can include any combination of interviews, comic storyboards, photography, and original footage to present an answer to the Challenge question. Each submission should convey a connection between everyday life and our oceans that can serve as a public service announcement to other students, parents, and the general public.

WHO: Any 14 to 19 year‐old from a US or international secondary school (high school) may participate. Group submissions are allowed (max. 3 students per group). All submissions must be electronically submitted and in English.

DEADLINE: April 2, 2013.

JUDGING: A panel of judges from the Living Oceans Foundation will select the top 15 submissions to be posted on the Foundation’s website for public viewing. The top three finalists will receive a GoPro underwater camera system. From the finalists, one Grand Prize winner will also receive an iPad Mini and $1000. Winners will be announced by midMay 2013.

For more information and submission instructions, go to:

You Mean They’ll Pay Me To Do This?

There are also many summer internship and paid course opportunities for college students, recent grads, and teachers to share with you.

The University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MECA) offers annual post-baccalaureate internships in marine education. Interns train and work for 50 weeks at MECA, near Savannah, Georgia. Four interns will be selected for the period of September 4, 2012 – August 15, 2013. Salary is $8.14 per hour. On-site housing is required. Marine Education internships salaries are supported through the Georgia Sea Grant College Program . Read the Sea Grant Marine Education Internships full announcement here.


The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is the only federal ship dedicated solely to ocean exploration. Okeanos Explorer’s Seafloor Mapping Internship application period is open until March 20, 2013. Interns will gain hands-on at-sea experience in the operation of state of the art multibeam sonar technology, water sampling techniques, and the design of seafloor maps using sonar data and geographic software packages. Internships are 2 to 3 weeks long, will occur from February to August 2013, and are open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates. Interns are paid a daily stipend, and travel costs to and from the ship are covered. Interested applicants can apply online at


The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD is proud to announce that applications are being accepted for our annual NSF CREST summer program for STEM educators.  Held on the campus of UMES, participants will be housed in single occupancy dorm rooms for the two weeks with room and board covered by our grant funds.  We will even reimburse travel to and from campus.

This 2 week, intensive course, is funded by an NSF grant designed to provide STEM lesson planning, and field and lab experience to educators who teach in areas supporting students from under represented populations who may wish to pursue a degree and career in the marine sciences.  We select 7 exceptional educators who will work closely with our graduate students and research faculty on current research projects.

*Our successful applicants, upon completion of the 2 week course, will be PAID $1,000 and gain invaluable resume building experiences.

If you know of anyone who may be interested (yourselves included!), please send along this website with all the information and application details:

This summer’s session will run from July 7 – July 19 and the application deadline is March 29.

A Prize For You

For those who made it all the way to the end I wanted to share with you an interesting website I found this week. You can track great white sharks in real time. And did you know they have been migrating to Florida in the winter with the right whale migrations? Find out more information and and find the link to track them in real time by visiting here.

East Central Regional Update December 2012

by Brandon 2012/12/04 East Central

Hard to believe we are approaching the close of another year; time just seems to fly by. The FMSEA board is already hard at work trying to plan next year’s conference at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, May 2-5. Hope you are saving the date. I am also trying to plan some exciting regional outings for […]

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NOSB Video Contest for High School Students

by Mellie 2012/11/28 NMEA News

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), has once again joined the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) in sponsoring the fifth annual “Living on the Ocean Planet” video contest. The contest is open to any high school student in the US. This year’s theme, “A Window into Freshwater Science,” encourages film makers to explore the interconnectedness of […]

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Let Your Students Write You Off

by Brandon 2012/09/15 East Central

Your students words could not only earn money for them and your classroom but might also get you to the Bahamas!   The contest begins! From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Essay Contest extends from September 15, 2012 to June 15, 2013. The essay contest is an educational complement to From the Bow Seat, a […]

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Southwest Regional Member Contest

by Dana 2012/08/24 Regional Reports

Recruit new FMSEA members in our region and receive an awesome prize! Contest ends December 2012. How it works: E-mail Kasey with the your “New Recruit’s” name and e-mail. The New Recruit must be a potential SW Regional Member (Region 6: Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, Collier counties). Have the “New Recruit” join FMSEA. […]

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