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Diving into aquaculture

US - They grow poinsettias to sell and give away at Christmas. They nurture young plants to ready them for a huge spring sale. And now, members of the Carolina Forest High School FFA and horticulture students are raising tilapia, a tropical fish they hope to later market to local seafood outlets and donate to charitable groups, such as Street Reach and the Horry County Shelter Home.

Students with assistance from their adviser, Harry DuBose, are growing hundreds of fish in a recirculating system the group has created inside the school greenhouse at Carolina Forest High School as part of an aquaculture project, the students' latest venture to raise funds for the school as well as give back to the community.

The idea was spawned by Cameron Kessler, a junior and president of the school's FFA club, and William Edens, also a junior and the club's vice president.

"We wanted to do something new and different," Kessler said. "As soon as we got the fish, everybody was so excited. The students really liked the idea."

DuBose was initially reluctant because of the amount of work he knew would be required to make it happen and keep it operational. But because of the students' enthusiasm and willingness to try, DuBose agreed to get behind them.

Source: Bradenton

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