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MarineQuest 2021 Virtual Event Schedule

Visit our 2021 event page to view recordings from the 2021 event. 

Live Sessions

Join us as we go live from our St. Petersburg, Florida headquarters with some of our scientists. Learn about their current research projects as we visit virtually with them in their labs. There will be a live Q&A session at the end of each presentation.

Time Session Description

Live! from the Marine Fisheries Age and Growth of Fish Lab

Fish have ears?! In this session, learn how and why fisheries scientists use ear bones to age fish. Staff will discuss the science of sectioning otoliths and ageing fish, with a focus on why the Marine Fisheries Age and Growth Lab is an integral component of fishery conservation and management.


Live! with the Manatee Research and Rescue Program

Have you ever wondered what goes into planning a manatee rescue? What happens after the manatee is captured, and how is it decided that a manatee will be released after rehabilitation? Get ready to see what it takes to be a manatee biologist! In this session, we will speak to manatee rescue team members around the state about the three R’s: Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release. After, you will have an opportunity to ask manatee rescue team members questions about manatees, rescues, and what you can do to help!


Live! from the Red Tide Research Lab

Learn how FWRI researchers take water samples from a boat and from a pier, what we do to analyze the sample for cell counts of Karenia brevis, the red tide organism, and how you can find information about red tide.


In the Field with FWRI

Journey into the field with scientists from three of our research programs as we premier three new videos prepared for this year's MarineQuest event.


Time Title Description
8:40am MQ2021 Field Feature: Cowboy Travel into the woods in central Florida, as we join wildlife researchers Kendyl and Lisa, and Cowboy, the scat-sniffing dog, on their search for elusive skunks and weasels in central Florida.
10:30am MQ2021 Field Feature: Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Hop on a research vessel as we travel out into Tampa Bay to learn about our fisheries-independent monitoring program. Join Brittany, Eric, and Alex as they share information about the different gear and techniques used to sample and monitor Florida's fisheries.
12:30pm MQ2021 Field Feature: Sandhill Cranes Join avian biologists Tim, Miranda and Ron in the field while they radio tag and color band Florida Sandhill cranes in effort to learn how these birds are using suburban areas and conservation lands and where young birds go when they leave the nest.


"Science Snippets" and Additional Content

In addition to our live sessions from the labs and new field feature videos, we will also be premiering videos from our new video series "Science Snippets" - join FWRI scientists as they turn the camera on themselves to share research insights and interesting science facts. This bite-sized series is a rough 60-second window into their world, and is definitely not to be missed. The live stream will also include highlights from last year's MarineQuest 2020 virtual event.