Dive into science at MarineQuest 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Media contact: Carli Segelson, 727-896-8626
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) will open its doors to the
public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, for MarineQuest
2011. During the 17th annual open house, visitors of all
ages can explore the fascinating world of science at the FWRI
headquarters, 100 8th Ave. S.E., in downtown St.
MarineQuest features more than 30 exhibits with interactive
displays designed by FWRI scientists.
Last year, thousands flocked to FWRI for a hands-on learning
experience. From touch tanks with live critters to face painting
and crafts, there is something for everyone. Participants can learn
about cutting-edge research and join FWRI biologists as they
demonstrate how they rescue distressed manatees, tag fish and
monitor red tide. Several touch tanks will allow visitors to get up
close and personal with critters from the Tampa Bay area as well as
the Florida Keys. Other live animals on display include alligators,
bass, sharks, rays and hatchery-reared redfish.
Visitors also can talk one-on-one with some of Florida's top
scientists and law enforcement officers and attend presentations on
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Florida panthers, sharks and
More than 30 organizations, including government agencies and
conservation groups, also will have displays at the
Free parking for the Saturday open house is available at the
University of South Florida St. Petersburg parking garage at the
corner of 5th Ave. S. and 3rd St. S.
Sponsors include the St. Petersburg Times, the city of St.
Petersburg and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
For more information about MarineQuest
2011, visit MyFWC.com/Research.