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 email@example.com 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.
Minimization of environmental impacts.
Minimization of aquatic organism mortality.
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.