We had a great annual conference in Panama City Beach. For those who couldn’t make the trek, not to worry, we’re bringing it back into the peninsula next year. Mark your calendars for April 30-May 3, 2015, when the conference will be in Tampa. Also, don’t forget that if you didn’t attend the conference you will need to renew your membership. We voted at the annual conference to change the bylaws to have membership coincide with the FMSEA fiscal year. So that means your memberships now extend until June 30 of this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t renew now while you are thinking about it. For only $20 a year you will not only receive these great notices of upcoming events from me but will also be eligible for scholarships for professional development opportunities, and free/reduced admission to many great marine facilities around the state. Now on to the upcoming events.

Save a Shore

The Brevard Zoo and UCF need your help to restore shoreline along the Indian River Lagoon. Assist in prepping installing oyster mats along Canaveral National Seashore and Fort Mose Historic State Park. Several dates are available, see below, and the boat based deployments do required preregistration. Contact Jody Palmer,, with any questions you may have.

Living Shoreline Work Days

Barrier Island Events

May is a busy time at the Barrier Island Center including a talk this Thursday on sea horse conservation from research scientist, Nancy Ho. See all the events going on at the BIC right here.

 Fish Tales

The Brevard County Extension Service’s Marine Agent, Holly Abeels, will be hosting a Marine Fisheries Regulations Workshop on July 11th from 10am-2pm at the Cocoa Beach Library. Registration info isn’t up yet but will show up soon at: The workshop is designed for resource managers, law enforcement personnel, harbor masters, park rangers and others who routinely interact with anglers or are interested in the topics presented. Topics covered will include (1) update on federal fisheries management regulations and outreach, (2) update on state fishing management and regulations, (3) fishing license requirements and FWC law enforcement update, (4) lionfish regulations and research, and (5) fish descending gear use.

Now For One With Bite

John Hopkins University Press has put out a great new book on sharks from Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess (International Shark Attack File). Check out more information here and get the code for 30% off the price of the book.

Biology In Baja

Green Edventures is inviting teachers, informal marine educators from nature centers and zoos and aquariums, college professors, and instructors from dive centers to visit and experience their flagship program in La Paz, Baja Sur, Mexico, July 10-13, 2014 for free.  Contact Tara by May 15, 2014; open until spaces are filled. Contact Tara at

I know this is a busy time for both formal and informal educators; school is wrapping up for our classroom teachers and informal educators are getting in the last minute field trips while gearing up for summer camp. The end of the month can’t seem to arrive soon enough for some or is rushing rapidly toward others.

For those who were able to take some time out to attend the FMSEA Annual Conference, I hope you enjoyed yourselves and found some new inspiration or ideas; I know I did. The year’s planning went by so fast and I can’t believe the conference is over.  We are already starting to plan next year’s conference in the Panhandle. It looks like it will be the end of April next year so hopefully it will work into your schedule even better. a reminder, it is not too late to register for the NMEA Conference this July in Mobile, AL. Also, don’t forget you can request scholarship money from FMSEA to attend, just one of your many member perks. Speaking of membership, if you did not attend the FMSEA Annual Conference remember that you will need to renew your membership to stay current. Dues are only $20 per year. Now onto the great opportunities that filled my inbox while I was at the conference.

Explore the IRL

The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary program will be hosting an Indian River Lagoon Summer Teacher Workshop from June 18-21. It will include many great activities and lessons, including the Aquatic Species Collection Permit if you are in need of it. It is open to both formal and informal educators. Click the link above for more details.

Learn Eco-Ethics

The Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism (SEE) will host their Annual Conference in Cocoa Beach from June 28-30. Click the link to view the flyer.

Chat Conservation

The Brevard Zoo will start up their weekly Summer Speaker Series with several marine topics lined up for Wednesday evenings in June. It is free to attend. Check out the link for the list of topics.

Speak Climate

Learn to effectively communicate climate change by joining the National Network for Climate Change Interpretation’s 2013 Fall Study Circle. Applications are now being accepted. I’ve been participating the past month and it is a great program so feel free to contact me with any questions.

On the Job Hunt?

The Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce is in need of a part time Marine Biology Educator. Are you a good match for this beautiful facility? Check out the job description and get your application in before it closes at the end of May.

Oh, and in one other bit of news from the conference, I was also lucky enough to be reelected as your regional director. Although, when you’re running unopposed I suppose luck doesn’t have much to do with it but I’m still glad to continue on serving you. With that said, please let me know how I can best serve your needs and help you make the most out of your FMSEA membership. Remember I’m always just an email away.

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If you have a question that relates to marine science or marine science education, and you are a FMSEA member, send your question to the listserv. If you have an experience, program or trick of the trade you would like to share, send it to the listserv. However, please limit your posting to events and topics specifically relevant to professional marine educators. Examples include workshops, new web resources, job postings and funding opportunities. We also encourage you to post questions and create discussions concerning marine science and marine science education.

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Many thanks to Howard Rutherford and Doug Myre for creating this list and to the USF College of Marine Science for hosting it.