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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34112

Dave Graff


Buttonwood classroom
15 participants max

The FMSEA 2014 Conference is almost upon us! I hope you will be joining us in Panama City Beach, FL on April 25 – 27, 2014. The Conference Committee has been working hard and has some great things lined up for the weekend including field trips, a SciCafe at Gulf World Marine Park, concurrent sessions and exhibit hall at Surfside Middle School and the Year-End Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Advanced Technology Center of Gulf Coast State College. Below are some details about Elections and Awards for FMSEA 2014.


Our Board of Directors, as in other organizations, does the majority of the work of the organization during its meetings. The Board meets several times a year at locations across the state and the meetings are open to all members. Taking place over a weekend, the extended time allows the board to fully cover the many items on the agenda, as well as take-in some behind-the- scenes exploring of the host site for our annual conference. There are a number of FMSEA Board positions up for election this year:

  • Regional Directors: Panhandle, North and West Central regions (map of FMSEA regions)
    • Regional Directors (RD) are clearinghouses for information about marine science education events, activities and opportunities. RDs create and support training and professional development opportunities and work to nurture and actively grow that professional network of marine science educators that is FMSEA’s single greatest benefit. RDs must attend and contribute to all Board Meetings.
  • Secretary
    • The FMSEA Secretary must attend all Board Meetings and is tasked with recording, preparing and distributing the minutes. Secretary is also responsible for maintaining Board policies and maintaining compliance of the Standard Operating Procedures.
  • President-Elect
    • The President-Elect serves for one-year as the de-facto vice president, filling in when the FMSEA President is unavailable, before assuming the office in the following year. The President-Elect also collects the nominations for the next round of elections and awards.

If you are interested in running for one of the positions listed above, please contact Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski at


We are really excited about this year’s FMSEA Service Award and the John Beakley “Marine Science Educator of the Year” Award.  Join us in Panama City Beach to congratulate the recipients!

Don’t forget to tweet, post and Instagram anything and everything FMSEA 2014 using #FMSEA14. See you in PCB!!

Rhizophora_mangleJoin us for a day on the water and in the classroom! FMSEA member? Bring a friend to check out or organization! Not a member? Come find out what you’re missing!

Join us for a West Central Regional Outing and Aquatic Species Collection workshop! The morning outing will include the a kayak mangrove tour and an aquatic species collection workshop at the Tampa Bay Watch facility. Lunch will be provided to participants who attend the regional outing component! Click the link below to register for both events!

December 14, 2013

Tampa Bay Watch
3000 Pinellas Bayway S.
Tierra Verde, FL 33715

9:30- 12:00- Regional Outing – Mangrove kayak tour
12:00 – 1:00-  Lunch
1:00- 3:30- Aquatic Collection workshop

$25 for Collection Workshop.
Kayaking and lunch provided by FMSEA.

Register for the outing, or the outing and collecting workshop  here:

Register for the collecting workshop ONLY here:

Questions? Feel free to contact me at rd-westcentral (at)

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