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 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.
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.