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Marine & Coastal Seminar in the Florida Keys



Spend 2 nights at the Keys Marine Lab in Long Key for a seminar in costal habitat and marine protection, enhancement and restoration.

‚ÄčThe seminar will be experiential in nature where we will be meeting next to the world's 3rd largest barrier reef.  Here we will learn first hand about how to balance marine tourism with conservation and preservation of the reef and ocean. 

The seminar will include the following components:

1.  Snorkeling or Diving at the Coral Reef.

It is hard to do marine science without getting in the water at some point and this generally means diving or snorkeling.  Participants in this seminar will travel by one of the Keys Marine Lab boats to the nearby coral reef where they will have the opportunity to dive or snorkel and experience the reef first hand.  You’ll jump into the beautiful blues and greens of the ocean to explore the reef.

Expect to see marine life up close and personal. Common sightings include tropical fish, eels, turtles, dolphins, anemones or urchins and who knows what else. 


2.   Presentations on Coastal Habitat and Marine Environment Protection

The seminar will include presentations and conversations with experts from Florida International University, and the Blue Community.

Topics will include the marine and coastal challenges of climate change, ocean acidification, over fishing, pollution especially plastics, and tourism management.

Learn about dive and fishing tourism, go on a dive boat, learn about coral reefs, environmental attitudes and behavior and management of marine tourism providers.

3.  Visit to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center will allow you to take a journey into the world of the native plants and animals of the Keys, both on land and underwater.    The Center will provide participants with an increased awareness and appreciation of the need to protect and conserve the ecosystem of South Florida.

The Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory.   Colorful marine artwork depicting the deep sea, coral reef, and mangrove shoreline decorates the outside wall of the Center, guiding you toward the main entrance.

4.   Optional Trip to Turtle Hospital

The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea.   

turtles.Guests are invited to take a guided educational tour of the hospital facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation area. This educational experience lasts approximately 90 minutes and provides a presentation on sea turtles as well as a behind the scenes look at the hospital facilities and rehabilitation area.    At the end of each program, guests are invited to feed the permanent residents.  


Cost:  $195

The cost of the course is $225  and  includes meals, accommodation, snorkel and kayaks. 

Meeting Times:
Friday - 5:00pm - 9:05pm
Saturday/Sunday - 8:00am - 9:00pm

*Transportation is not provided. Car pooling is highly recommended - Please reach out to professor for questions.*

The Keys Marine Lab Facilities:

The Keys Marine Laboratory is located right on the water in Long Key.  It is operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO), a consortium under the State University System. 

Accommodations are shared dormitory space with full kitchen facilities for meals.   Click Here for more Facility Information. 




Randle, D. (2019). Marine & Coastal Seminar in the Florida Keys. Retrieved from


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