Marine fisheries office moving to Bayboro area

Published April 17, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - The southeast regional office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service announced Friday its plans to relocate offices from the city's northern edge to the Bayboro district.

On Friday, Mayor Rick Baker and U.S. Rep. Bill Young cut the ribbon on the office's new location at 263 13th Ave. S, a building owned by Strong Properties of Orlando.

The service will lease 54,000 square feet in the building for $1.1-million annually. About 135 employees will be housed in the new office.

The service aims to protect the nation's marine life and its habitat. It is involved in research and enforcement.

The service was located in the Gateway area near Gandy Boulevard and Fourth Street N.

But regional administrator Roy Crabtree said in a written press release the service chose to move to be closer to state, university and federal partners at the C.W. "Bill" Young Marine Science Complex.

Other marine science organizations in the area include the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, the USF Center of Ocean Technology, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Florida Marine Research Institute, the U.S. Geological Survey National Center for Coastal and Wetland Studies, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Institute of Oceanography.