Program Partners

We’re proud to work with so many local, national, and international organizations who support and enhance the MEC mission. 





The Guy Harvey Outpost- Rum Fish Grill and The Tampa International Airport

Visiting your favorite beach retreat or catching a flight? You may see our handy work. 

The Marine Exploration Center proudly leads and maintains the Rumfish Grill aquaria at the Guy Harvey Outpost Resort in St. Pete Beach and at the award winning Tampa International Airport. 

From water quality monitoring to life support system maintenance and new fish species acquisition. The team of the MEC is responsible for the biological, chemical, visual, and functional aspects of this vibrant aquaria and leads in exciting and interactive visitor education programs including the opportunity to swim with the fishes. 



The Florida Institute of Oceanography

The FIO coordinates with FIO members through cooperation and collaboration with programs, information and people. FIO provides a vessel fleet of both ships and boats that enable and support scientific marine research on the Gulf of Mexico, its ecology, marine life and sustainability.



University of South Florida St. Pete

USF St. Pete is a proud partner of the St. Petersburg Science Festival.  A regional celebration where families and the public can explore the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Each year USF SP hosts the festival on their waterfront campus. For more information and to save the date, visit the Science Festival website below.