On Saturday, April 30, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) will open its doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for MarineQuest 2011. Visitors can explore the world of science at FWRI headquarters, at 100 8th Ave. S.E., in downtown St. Petersburg.

The 17th annual MarineQuest is a free event that allows visitors of all ages to experience science firsthand with more than 60 exhibits. Visitors can check out live animals in touch tanks, interact with some of Florida's top scientists and learn about current fish and wildlife research in Florida. Special activities for children include wildlife origami, face painting and the Japanese art of "gyotaku" - fish printing.

FWRI is the research division of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). FWRI's work is used by all levels of government, universities, private organizations and the public.

For additional information on MarineQuest 2011, including photographs from previous years, visit MyFWC.com/Research. Video from previous years is available upon request.

Sponsors include the St. Petersburg Times, the city of St. Petersburg and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 727-896-8626