The 19th Annual Kids' Fishing Tournament is on for 2008.

What: The Pier Aquarium's Kids' Fishing Tournament
When: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Time: 8:30-11am

8:30am Registration, $1 for kids 12 and under
9-11am Fishing from The Pier and other activities
            Activities: Minnowland, Ocean in Motion Touch Tank and more
11am Prizes and trophies

The first 300 kids to register will receive a rod and reel, tackle kit, a supply of bait, goodie bag and commemorative T-shirt.

Kids' Fishing Tournament sponsors include: Fish Florida!, The Glazer Family Foundation, Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the City of St. Petersburg, The Pier, Eckerd College Search and Rescue, Cha Cha Coconuts, Aylesworth Fish & Bait, The Pier Bait House, Coca-Cola, West Marine, U-Haul, BB& T, SnookZ Graphics and Media Sponsor the St. Petersburg Times.

Opening Day for Counting on Fish exhibit

Saturday, May 17 is also the opening day for our new interactive Aquarium exhibit, Counting on Fish. The exhibit features a 352-gallon sport fish aquarium, a large Smart Pad touch screen that includes about 60 interactive pages including video links with "all the information you wanted to know about Tampa Bay sport fish" and a "Discovery Cube" for the person (little or big) who doesn't know alot about fish and the sport of fishing.

The exhibit tells the story behind the importance of sport and commercial fish, how their existence serves as an economic and scientific driver for the region and the state and how research ensures the sustainability and stability of this industry. The story is illustrated by St. Petersburg artist Diane Rome Peebles, nationally known for her covers of sport fishing magazines, marine conservation stamps and prints and educational publications produced by several state governments. Prints of her work from Counting on Fish will be on sale at the museum store.

A series of related cultural arts and marine science events will be scheduled after the May 17 opening including a Meet the Artist reception, two Water Art summer camps and activities with Kathy Taylor Zimmerman, the Aquarium's Artist-in-Residence, and guest instructors from the Arts Center and Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center.

Counting on Fish and the related events are made possible by grants from Sport Fish Restoration, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, Fish Florida Foundation, JMC Communities, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department,  the St. Petersburg Times Fund Inc. and the St. Petersburg Times.