The Woodmen Life Environmental Award was presented to OSHS CTE Aquaculture for outstanding efforts in conserving natural resources on a wide scale and devoting time to cleaning up the environment on a volunteer basis.
The Ocean Springs High School Aquaculture program is one of two programs of its kind in the state of Mississippi. The program is split into three years of study and covers a wide variety of concepts including raising fish, harvesting vegetables, and teaching students to be good stewards of our planet.
In the first year of study, students raise freshwater fish and log their growth over several months time while using the fish feces to grow plants and vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, okra, and leafy lettuces. These vegetables are eaten in class and enjoyed by students and staff members.This teaches the students about aquaponics while demonstrating the environmental friendly process of reusing waste to grow something nutritious.
In the second year of study, students learn about species native to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and also raise their own speckled trout, blue crabs, and oysters. In the third year of study, students are placed at different locations (workplaces) in which the concepts taught in Aquaculture are part of the workforce. Students report to the Gulf Coast Research Lab to learn about opportunities to work in the field. While raising fish and growing food, students learn about aquaculture, restoration projects, and environmental stewardship.
Mr. Bryan Butler is the creative and energetic instructor and facilitator of this wonderful program. Congratulations Mr. Butler and Aquaculture students!