2017 Stranding Conference

UPDATE: The 2017 Stranding Conference has been canceled due to Hurricane Irma. If you registered for the conference, you will be receiving an email with more information.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s (CMA) Rescue Team is proud to announce open registration for the 2017 Stranding Conference!

Please join us for the Fourth Annual Stranding Conference on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, 2017. Day one of the conference will be held at the beautiful Sheraton Sand Key Resort, located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. To reserve a room at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort book here.

Day 1 – September 9, 2017, 8 am – 5:30 pm 

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

The first day will consist of a series of compelling lectures presented by top network professionals such as Dr. Robert Bonde, USGS; Dr. Michael Walsh, University of Florida; Dr. Lauren Smith, Lowry Park Zoo; Anna Panike, FWC; Rhonda Bailey, FWC; Gina Lonati, FWC; Dr. Adrienne Adkins, Mote Marine; Rebeccah Hazelkorn, Mote Marine; and more! The topics will cover marine mammals, sea turtle, and manatees.

View the list of speakers and schedule now.

Day 2 – September 10, 2017, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

The following day, CMA will host hands-on labs and activities with veterinarians and industry professionals, including Leo Cross from Wildlife Trappers, Anna Panike of FWC, Kris Porter of Owl’s Nest, and others at CMA. You will learn and experience diagnostic lab sample processing, cetacean transport in the rescue van, osteology identification and articulation, live bird demonstration, and much more.

*Lunch will be provided both days.

Marine Mammal Husbandry Wet Lab

Sunday, September 10, 4:30 pm – SOLD OUT

Hosted by CMA’s Animal Care Team, this lab offers a special opportunity to learn medical and behavioral management techniques applicable to both beach-based individual health assessments and rehabilitation settings.  Enabling you to experience large-animal management first-hand, it walks you through cetacean rescue and rehabilitation process for stranded marine mammals. All participants will dress out and join the animal care team pool-side for a dynamic learning experience.  Focusing on effective training and passive restraint techniques and stretcher use,  you will not only learn how to analyze dolphin behavior but also learn husbandry-training techniques and medical management procedures—such as tubing dolphins for hydration and gastric sample collection in addition to other diagnostic samples, and much more! Join us for this valuable training experience and opportunity to learn from experienced animal care professionals.

To support our annual fundraising initiative for rescue work, the team is excited to offer fun raffles and a great selection of silent auctions items, available each day of the conference!


The general registration fee of $60 includes admission to the two-day conference, catered lunch, snacks, and welcome gifts that will complement your personal stranding kit and gear. Wet lab is sold out.

General registration is open through August, 2017. We hope to see you there!


Sponsorships and Donations

Help sponsor the conference and receive great benefits.

Your generous donations to the 2017 Stranding Conference, allow CLearwater Marine Aquarium’s stranding team to continue to host educational community programs and contributes to our annual fundraising for marine life rescue initiatives.

2017 Sponsors

  • $100 Seahorse Level
    • Whole Foods
    • Costco Wholesale
    • Publix Supermarket
    • Sam’s Club
    • Rosemary Windsor, CMA Board of Directors
    • Andi Conway and Dr. Jon Thogmartin
    • Bollenback & Forret, P. A.
    • StarLite Cruises
    • Diane Weiner
    • Wawa
    • Tom Orr, CMA Board of Directors
    • Palm Pavilion
    • Lori horton
    • Tailwater outfitters
    • Clearwater yacht club
  • $250 Stingray Level
    • Rowland Milam, CMA Board of Directors
    • Hollis Orr
    • Kierstien Michelle Photography
    • Sanchez photography
  • $500 Shark Level
    • John and jan Draheim, Chairman, CMA Board of Directors
  • $1,000 Dolphin Level
    • Linda Suzanne Griffin, CMA Board of Directors
    • Debra Gauthier, CMA Board of Directors
    • Brent Howie, CMA Board of Directors
    • Duke Energy
    • Phil Beauchamp, CMA Board of Directors
Duke EnergyWhole FoodsWawaTailwaterStarlite CruisesSam’s ClubCostco
PublixProvidentLinda GriffinKierstien Michelle PhotographyJo Anns Swim SchoolClearwater Yacht ClubBollenback & Forret, P. A.


Duke Energy Coca-Cola Bay Star Allegiant Dolphin Motor Coach