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Students in JAXPORT-sponsored environmental awareness program release fish into St. Johns River

May 24, 2018

Students from Mayport Elementary’s Coastal Sciences Academy gathered at Mandarin Park recently to celebrate the release of striped bass they raised themselves into the St. Johns River. The fifth graders raised 450 fish from hatchlings to maturity in the academy’s JAXPORT-sponsored aquaculture ‘Labitat’.

The outdoor lab gives students hands-on experience learning about the St. Johns River and its wildlife, as well as the river’s effect on the local economy. The lab utilizes a JAXPORT-sponsored power generator that helps keep fish alive in the event of a prolonged power outage.

As an involved corporate citizen, JAXPORT sponsors and participates in numerous Northeast Florida community outreach programs focused on education and environmental stewardship.

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