MarineQuest Press Kit

About this Press Kit
Welcome to the online press kit for MarineQuest 2015. This kit is designed to provide all the details you will need to cover the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) 21st annual open house. New information will be added as it becomes available. This article also includes pictures and video highlights from previous MarineQuest events. For additional information, please contact Kelly Richmond at 727-896-8626.

About MarineQuest
In 1995, the first MarineQuest open house was held. The event was created to inform the public about the research performed at the institute and to introduce the community to the world of marine science. The next year, MarineQuest expanded, and a second day was added to provide local schools and students an opportunity to visit the institute.

In the years that followed, MarineQuest evolved into a three-day event that welcomes thousands: more than 10,000 people attended last year. MarineQuest has also grown to include exhibits about wildlife and freshwater fish. School Daze, a special version of MarineQuest available to 4th through 8th grade students by registration only, is held on the Thursday and Friday before the public open house. Students who visit School Daze get a guided tour through a sampling of MarineQuest stations. At each station, FWC staff lead activities and provide hands-on demonstrations to explain their research projects to the students. Then on Saturday, the public is invited to enjoy MarineQuest and learn about Florida’s fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Promotional Items

MarineQuest 2015 Poster Adobe PDF

MarineQuest 2015 Postcard Adobe PDF

MarineQuest Logo

Photo and Video Opportunities

Opportunities for live shots are available for morning, noon and weekend newscasts. During School Daze on October 15 and 16, photo and video opportunities are available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the public open house on October 17, opportunities are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-planned early morning live shots are available on all three days.

Interviews with FWRI staff members can be arranged prior to the event.

A MarineQuest video from previous years is available to media outlets for B-Roll upon request. For more information or to schedule a live shot, please contact Kelly Richmond at 727-896-8626. 

MarineQuest Flickr Set


MarineQuest Video


MarineQuest 2015 Sponsors

Tampa Bay Times

City of St. Petersburg

University of South Florida St. Petersburg 

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