Photo Slideshow: MarineQuest, St. Petersburg

During MarineQuest, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission opens its doors to the public to explore what goes on inside its research institute.

83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch Branaman visited on Saturday, April 30, along with children and families from throughout the Tampa Bay region as people were encouraged to better understand and appreciate Florida's fish, seasgrasses, sharks, coral reefs and fauna.

The Institute's work "includes assessment and restoration of ecosystems and studies of freshwater and marine fisheries, aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, imperiled species and red tides.''

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