Saltwater Outreach and Education Programs


Saltwater Kids' Fishing Clinics - One-day educational events established to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. Dates and LocationsKids learn to cast at Kids' Fishing Clinic

Saltwater Women's Fishing Clinics - One-day educational events established to introduce fishing and responsible marine resource stewardship to women.

Angler Recognition Programs - FWC’s Saltwater Angler Recognition programs entice anglers to get involved and learn more about Florida’s diverse marine resources while adding to an exciting day out on the water. 

Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program External Website - A statewide effort to educate the public on the problems caused by monofilament line left in the environment, to encourage recycling through a network of line recycling bins and drop-off locations, and to conduct volunteer monofilament line cleanup events.

Marine Field Activities Program –This is a curriculum-based program that mimics the field collecting activities biologist conduct to gather information necessary to manage Florida’s marine resources. The program targets middle and high school teachers that possess an Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate. The teachers complete a 40-hour workshop at which they conduct the various classroom, field and laboratory exercises emulating fisheries sampling activities. Once they have completed the workshop, teachers have the opportunity to bring groups to that facility to conduct the field activities. The goal is for participants to understand and experience data collection and how it is utilized to manage Florida’s marine fisheries.

Aquatic Species Collecting Certificates – This partnership between the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) and the FWC provides educators with a special activity license that allows them to conduct educational field exercises and collect aquatic organisms for educational purposes. To receive the certificate, the educator must complete a two- to three-hour workshop highlighting both the benefits and alternatives to the collection of aquatic species for use in the classroom. These workshops are held throughout Florida. Collection methods, best management practices, and associated conditions and restrictions are discussed. The workshop is available to certified Florida teachers and/or employees of educational centers. 

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