Sponsored by the Florida Marine Science Educators Association and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The workshop is available to certified Florida teachers and/or eligible employees of educational centers (see below).
THE COLLECTION WORKSHOP IS $25
This fee includes training, a collection certificate, a complimentary membership to FMSEA, and digtial access to workshop materials and resources. The fee may be paid using the online registration link. Those paying via purchase order must bring a copy of the PO to the workshop as proof of pending payment. For those needing FMSEA vendor information, contact Jason Robertshaw (email@example.com).
The primary workshop objective is to promote best practives in the collection and maintenance of aquatic organisms for educational activities. A curriculum has been established to achieve the primary workshop objective and includes but is not limted to:
To receive an Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate, you must successfully complete the training workshop and must be employed by or be a registered volunteer for:
If you do not or are not sure if you fall into one of these categories, contact Jason Robertshaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss eligibility prior to registration*. If you attend this workshop and are later deemed ineligible, you will not be refunded the workshop fee.
The certificate does not supersede any state or federal regulations, but it does allow the collection of specified numbers of certain species for educational purposes, some undersized, and to use certain types of collecting gear that would not be allowed under recreational fishing guidelines.
Upon successful completion of the training workshop, a participant receives a certification that is authorized by both FMSEA and FWC representatives. The certification:
* 68B-8.003 General Conditions and Restrictions (1) (a) A SAL or FMSEA Certification will not be issued to a person and no person may conduct activities under a SAL if, during the 36-month period prior to the application or activity, that person has been charged with a violation of a rule in Titles 68A through E, F.A.C.; Chapter 370 or 372, F.S.; or 50 CFR Parts 622, 635, 640, 648, 654, 660, or 679 unless that person has received a final disposition of acquittal or dismissal of such charged violation.