More information about this program is available at fmsea.org
Beginning in 1996, FMSEA and The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (formerly DEP) began a partnership to develop and implement an aquatic species collection workshop for educators. The first workshop and facilitator training session was conducted at the April 1997 FMSEA conference.
The workshop is available to:
- An instructor employed by, or under sponsorship of, an elementary or secondary school.
- An instructor employed by, or under sponsorship of, another educational institution or organization with courses of biological or aquatic studies.
- An individual who teaches in a home education program maintained in accordance with Section 1002.41, F.S.
- A representative of a home education program association.
FMSEA Certification requires successful completion of the training workshop. The primary workshop objective is to promote best practices 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 limited to:
- Rationale for collecting aquatic organisms.
- Alternatives to the collection of live aquatic organisms.
- Collection methods.
- Minimization of environmental impacts.
- Minimization of aquatic organism mortality.
- Regulatory concerns. Appropriate gear deployment and use.
- Establishment of collecting teams.
- Collection and documentation of field data.
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 Commission representatives. The certification:
- Authorizes the harvest of certain fresh and saltwater organisms and specifies bag and possession limits.
- Authorizes the use of specific scientific, educational, and recreational harvesting gears.
- Specifies the fresh and saltwater areas in which harvest of aquatic organisms is allowed.
- Provides an exemption from local laws when harvesting in a designated saltwater area.
Certificate are usually sent out within 4–6 weeks. This certificate is valid for 3 years. Renewal workshops are available. Workshops are given annually at the FMSEA and FAST State conferences and throughout the year regionally.
General Conditions and Restrictions
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.
Edited by seatrek, 27 January 2020 - 08:23 AM.