Developing Florida's Coastal & Marine Workforce

From resource managers to seafood specialists to science educators, the future of Florida’s Blue Economy and a healthy coastal environment depends on a highly educated and trained workforce.

Florida Sea Grant-trained marine contractors work to install concrete domes that form the basis of an oyster reef. Larry Beggs

Florida Sea Grant works to create a diverse workforce trained in marine science, technology, engineering, mathematics, law and policy. Training programs and education materials help build an environmentally literate workforce that understands and utilizes best available science to make informed decisions.

In addition to providing trainings on skills needed to sustain and create jobs and businesses, programs are designed to generate benefits in support of our mission, including protecting public health from ensuring seafood is safe to eat, fostering resource conservation, improving coastal habitats, and protecting shorelines. Programs also seek to foster participatory decision making and community planning processes with respect to resource management and hazard resilience.

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Workforce Training

Programs
& Initiatives

Florida Sea Grant has developed a diverse set of rigorous trainings to address the workforce needs of our industry and agency partners. These trainings ensure that employees have the skills they need to protect the safety of our domestic seafood supply, guarantee that recreational angling is sustainable, shore up our coastline so communities are sustainably resilient, and build capacity to evaluate environmental changes within the context of community and resource management. Skills gained are either required or support “environmentally friendly” or Blue Economy distinctions that often are more highly valued.

Florida Sea Grant provides curricula and essential training that helps seafood processors and importers (in and beyond Florida) meet federal food-safety regulations.
The Florida Friendly Fishing Guide certification recognizes saltwater and freshwater fishing guides who are committed to preserving the future of Florida’s fisheries through sustainable boating and fishing techniques. The program helps guides provide a richer fishing experience for their clients through their angling expertise and environmental stewardship.
Florida Sea Grant's premier 3.5-day Introductory Training in Geographic Information Systems features intensive instruction on essential GIS concepts using ArcGIS Pro software and builds upon spacial analysis skills that are directly relevant to the job market.
Florida Sea Grant’s extension agents teach and train Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI) fellows. Joy Hazell, FSG’s State Specialized Extension Agent, is also the program’s Project Team Member.
This training develops skills contractors need to design, permit, implement, monitor, and maintain living shorelines. The next course will be available in 2023 in locations throughout the state.
Florida Sea Grant offers career development opportunities to promote greater collaboration, synergy, and sharing of knowledge among organizations that manage and promote the sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean fisheries.
Florida Sea Grant Extension Agents facilitate proper mangrove trimming practices and compliance with the Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act. Continuing education units (CEU’s) are available. Click to access the English-language and Spanish-language video playlist.
Workforce Training

Impacts
From 2021

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103

P-12 Educators
Trained

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100

HACCP-Certified
PARTICIPANTS Trained

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>700

GIS-Certified
PARTICIPANTS Trained

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Featured GIS Trainee

Dr. Conor
MacDonnell

Former Coastal Agency Liaison,
Florida Sea Grant

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