Aquatic Species Collection Workshop, Riverwalk Park, Rockledge, Brandon Smith, 4...

Rockledge, Florida
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Aquatic Species Collection Workshop, Riverwalk Park, Rockledge, Brandon Smith, 4/1/17

Saturday, April 01, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Riverwalk: A Family Park & Nature Center
5355 U.S. 1
Rockledge, Florida 32955
United States

(321) 433-4490
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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:
-a ​school ​(or ​home ​school)
-an ​educational ​center
-an ​educational ​organization
-an ​agency ​conducting ​educational ​programs

If ​you ​do ​not ​or ​are ​not ​sure ​if ​you ​fall ​into ​one ​of ​these ​categories, ​contact ​ ​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 ​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.

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:

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 ​some ​local ​laws ​when ​harvesting ​in ​a ​designated ​saltwater ​area.
Certificate ​are ​usually ​mailed ​out ​within ​6–8 ​weeks. ​This ​certificate ​is ​valid ​for ​3 ​years.

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.
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