Saltwater Aquatic Education

Cedar Key Aquatic Education Programs

The Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab located in Cedar Key offers two outreach programs to group organizations and the general public. Nature Coast Fishing for Youth (NCFY) is a free, one day program offered in July for youth ages 6-16. All students learn the fundamentals of catch and release fishing, marine habitat identification, and fishing from a pier.

Field studies programs are free, one day programs held on the island of Atsena Otie which is less than a mile from Cedar Key. A local boat captain drops students off at 10 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m. Students will learn about water quality, how to seine, identify fish, and more!

Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate Program

The FWC has partnered with The Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) to provide a certification program for the educational community to conduct activities with aquatic organisms. This project is designed to assist educators by teaching them the best management practices for the collection and maintenance of aquatic organisms. In partnership with FMSEA, this is accomplished by educators attending a collection certification workshop.

Aquaculture in the Classroom

Florida schools have the opportunity to receive hatchery reared red drum for Marine Science and Aquaculture programs in the classroom. This gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about marine aquaculture and marine research while teaching them to become stewards of our natural resources.

FWC Facts:
The Marine Fisheries Stock Enhancement program breeds and rears game fish and mollusks for release into marine waters and evaluates the use of hatchery-reared animals.

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