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, email@example.com, with any questions you may have.
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.
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: http://bce-marinescience.eventbrite.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org