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Dive into science at MarineQuest 2011

News Release

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. Petersburg.

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.

More than 30 organizations, including government agencies and conservation groups, also will have displays at the event. 

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.



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