The Benthic Ecology Meeting Society (BEMS) is a non-profit organization established to run a yearly meeting to exchange scientific information focusing on marine benthic ecosystems (e.g., rocky intertidal, coral reef) and to foster the next generation of benthic biologists. The mission of the BEMS is to promote research in benthic ecosystems, support the exchange of information about benthic ecology, and encourage student participation to develop the next generation of benthic ecologists. BEMS is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. Membership in the BEMS is conferred through attending a yearly meeting. Meetings attract both national and international participants. In 2017, the BEMS will hold its 46th annual meeting simultaneously with the SEERS Spring Meeting 2017 in Myrtle Beach and Conway, South Carolina.