Philosophy on Teaching Aquaculture Run the course like a small business. Teach students good work ethics to better equip them to be able to survive in a global work force. To teach students the importance of science, environmental awareness, responsibility, citizenship, and service to the community. Something for all –from Occu-prep students to AP- Honor students.
First High School Aquaculture Program in North Carolina started by Mose Lewis and the BC School Board in 1987. Three levels; Aquaculture I, II, and III. Approved Career Technical Education program to prepare students for work or post secondary education in aquaculture related areas of interest. Educational ladder with Brunswick Community College Program and UNCW- 2 plus 2 program. Tech Prep Articulated College Credit with BCC for Aqua III. Aquaculture Advisory Board from UNCW and NC State. Network with UNCW, NC State, NC Marine Fisheries, NC Wildlife, NC Dept. of Agriculture.
Aquaculture Science Book by Rick Parker Contents 1. Aquaculture Basics and History 2. Aquatic Plants and Animals 3. Marketing Aquaculture 4. Management practices for Finfish 5. Management Practices for Crustaceans and Mollusks 6. Management Practices for Alligators, Frogs, Plants 7. Fundamentals of Nutrition in Aquaculture 8. Health of Aquatic Animals 9. Water Requirements for Aquaculture 10. Aquatic Structures and Equipment 11. Aquaculture Business 12. Federal, State, and International Agencies and Regulations 13. Career Opportunities in Aquaculture 14. Boating Safety
Where do they go from here? Local pet shops Fish Farms Ft. Fisher Ripley's Aquarium Community Colleges and Universities Research projects State and Federal Level jobs in Aquaculture and Fisheries Biology Commercial Fishing Restaurant businesses Spin off jobs –example: water testing at waste treatment plants
Freshwater Trout (82) Catfish (22) Striped Bass (12) Tilapia (9) Freshwater Prawns (9) Crawfish (4) Southern Flounder (1) Yellow Perch (2) Sturgeon Caviar (1) Ornamentals (2) 2009 NORTH CAROLINA AQUACULTURE SPECIES Saltwater Clams & Oysters (237 leases) Soft Shell Crabs (300 shedders) Southern Flounder (1) Black Sea Bass (1) Photo: Keith Hairr & Dean Raynor at an NC State Flounder Workshop
1.Students Help Run King Mackerel Tournament, Southport, NC 2.Help run BSL Police Department Small Fry Fishing Tournament 3.Southern Flounder Stock Enhancement Program, Oak Island, NC 4.Educated Public about Stock Enhancement through Multimedia 5.Student run exhibit Cape Fear Fair and Expo/ 19 Years in a row Best in show 6.Participated in research on flounder shared information with community with presentations 7.Serve as an example on solar energy with Solar Powered Fish Farm South Brunswick High School Aquaculture Program FFA Community Service Projects
20 Years Best in Show Cape Fear Fair and Expo Back Row(left to right): Dr. Pruden, superintendent; Jasmine Rabon, Josh Tooley Front Row(left to right): Courtney Pierce, Kayla Hux, Heather Blanks, Lexi Bridge, Mr. Bey
Recognitions and Awards Appeared in three National Aquaculture Documentaries. Education feature in “ Insiders guide to the Greater Wilmington Area “ national selling book for last four years. Teacher - of - the - Year twice at South Brunswick High School. SBHS Aquaculture Program won two NC Governor’s Award - one in education, one in business and technology. Conducted community pond stockings of freshwater fish since 1987 for the town of Boiling Springs Lakes. 1995 - Featured on documentary “Get Hooked on Aquaculture” Sponsored by Harbor Branch Oceanography Institution. 1995 - Farm Bureau Documentary – Shown on national TV. 1997 - Awarded $23,000 from Sea Grant to build Fish Farm at South Brunswick High School. 1999 - Governor’s Award – Local Economic Developer of the year/ Biotechnology. 2000 - Chosen as a success story in Sea Grant Documentary – Shown on national TV. 2003 - Made Honorary NC Department of Agriculture / Aquaculture Ambassador by NC Commissioner of Agriculture. 2004 - 2005 Received $ 250,000 from local bond referendum to build new aquaculture lab. 2006 - 2007 Allocated $ 38,000 from NC Legislature and BCS Board to add saltwater section to state- of- the- art aquaculture lab. 2006 - 2009 Did stock enhancement of southern flounder with NC State, UNC-W and North Carolina Marine Fisheries. 2007 – Featured on national fishing show “Shallow Water Angler” on Outdoor Channel 2008 - Students created training films to train other students locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. 2008 - Won prestigious Statewide UNC-W Watson School of Education – Razor Walker Award. 2008 - Won National Teacher Award-Time Warner Cable Crystal Apple Award. 2008 - Picked as a feature story on Coastal NC by UNC-Chapel Hill School of mass media and journalism website. 2008 - Received $19,000 from Sea Grant to evaluate the feasibility of using pond culture for rearing southern flounder. 2008 - Utilized summer months to prepare 4 ponds for flounder research. 2008 - 2009 School year- conducted research on southern flounder. 2009 - Flounder Stocking of Davis Canal on WECT channel 6, and WWAY Channel 3 - featured in international fishing magazine. 2009 - SBHS Aquaculture featured in Mike Rowes Works Website. 2010 - Awarded $20,000 panel solar array to run solar powered fish from Progress Energy’s Sun Sense Schools Program. 2010 - Featured in statewide news, national news, and international news for Progress Energy’s Sun Sense Schools Program.
Canada: 2009 - U.S. high school students into aquaculture The South Brunswick High School teaches production of southern flounder. Odd Grydeland Odd Grydeland The North Carolina school helps the wild populations of flounders while at the same time providing valuable knowledge to future fish farmers, according to a WWAY News Channel 3 report this week; Students at South Brunswick High School said farewell to some friends Wednesday. They have been raising 300 southern flounder since last spring, and Wednesday it was time to let them go. It was part of the school's aquaculture program. With the help of the North Carolina Future Farmers of America and the Department of Marine Fisheries, South Brunswick became the first high school in the state to raise and release this type of fish. "Going to the fish farm, and helping with the fish back there, it helped me learn how to take care of them, and I learned how they're going to survive in the wild," said South Brunswick student Kayla Hux. South Brunswick teacher Barry Bey said, "I think it's a great conservation experience. They had to use a lot about what they learned in my class; water quality, and different ways to raise fish. I think it'll make them more conservation-minded for the future. For these students who want to go into this field, it's a great experience." Beaufort County schools now plan to do the same project in the Pamlico Sound. FishfarmingXpert Boks 4084 Dreggen 5835 BERGEN NORWAY
Community Support Network for SBHS Aquaculture Program from Past to Present Brunswick County School Board Fish for tomorrow- Tim Barefoot / Royce Potter- Commercial fishermen (Financial) Oak Island Fishing Club – Jerry Dilsilver / NC sportsman magazine (Financial) Lady Anglers’ Fishing Club (part of the Oak Island Fishing Club) (Financial) Rotary Club- (Dr. Rabon - vet) (Financial) Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem Saltwater Fishing Club (Financial) US Open Mackerel Tournament (Financial) St. James Fishing Club (Financial) Long Bay Artificial Reef Association (Bob Black) (Financial) CCA of NC – Bob Mudlak (Financial ) Myrtle Beach Fishing Club (Financial) Chamber of Commerce – Karen Sphar (Financial) Town of Oak Island, Southport, and Boiling Spring Lakes (Community Support) NC Wildlife - (Community Support) NC Marine Fisheries (Consultant Support ) NC State - Dr. Daniels (Consultant Support) UNCW- Dr. Wade Watanabe, Chris Woolridge, Troy and Amanda/ Aquaculture Facility – ( Consultant Support) BCC- Dr. Holland, Chad Gray (Consultant Support) Sea Grant- Received a $19,203 grant for pond culture of Southern Flounder (Financial) Mose Lewis and Judge Ola Lewis (Community Support ) $250,000 from local bond referendum to build state of the art Aquaculture Lab Bonner Stiller /Robert Morgan–legislators ( Financial) Local Media Support from past to present Channel 3 - (Community Support) State Port Pilot – (Community Support) Morning Star News – (Community Support) Brunswick Beacon-(Community Support) Insider s Guide to the Greater Wilmington Area (Community Support)
North Carolina’s First High School Solar Powered Fish Farm
Ongoing Project Title South Brunswick High School Sun Sense Schools Solar Powered Fish Farm Brief Summary South Brunswick High School Aquaculture program, with school wide support including staff, students and community, rose to the challenge to “go green” to enhance the quality, both in terms of energy conservation and efficiency of their innovative fish farm. By using solar power for aquaculture to generate their own electricity, South Brunswick High’s Aquaculture Program is able to provide power for aerators for their four fish production ponds. South Brunswick High ‘s fish farm facility is presently used for Sea Grant southern flounder research where students follow research protocol by feeding fish, monitoring water quality, researching predator controls and recording data of predator attempts with wildlife cameras. Ponds are also used to raise flounder, catfish, and bluegills for local fresh and saltwater stock enhancement programs. 2011 Sea World/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards
Sea grant Pilot research project to evaluate the feasibility of using a pond culture aquaculture system for rearing southern flounder and an evaluation of predator controls at South Brunswick High School’s Aquaculture Facility. Determine success of pond culture of southern flounder in freshwater. Prepare students for work in post secondary education in aquaculture related areas of interest. Document water quality (Dissolved oxygen, ph, temperature, ammonia, nitrites, hardness, salinity etc.) during study period of 16 months. Have analyzes of pond culture of southern flounder survival, weight gain, water quality fluctuations during study published by Dr. Daniels for public. Compare survival rate of flounder stocked in existing buried chain link fence with gravel trench and bird netting (provided by SBHSAP) to other 2 ponds with electric fence and bird netting over pond. Study effectiveness of predator control methods which included electric fence, netting over ponds versus buried chain link fence with netting over ponds. Results of Sea grant research study Southern Flounder do not grow well in pure freshwater Electric fence around and netting over ponds used to control predators did not work Netting over ponds and chain link fence bedded in gravel did work to control predators Valuable research experience for our students