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JAXPORT assistance keeps fish alive for young scientists during Matthew

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October 20, 2016

Young coastal scientists and instructors at Mayport Elementary School’s Coastal Sciences Academy could breathe easier during Hurricane Matthew knowing that a JAXPORT-sponsored power generator was keeping the filtration system going on the fish tank holding their small Rainbow Trout.

Fifth grade students at Mayport Elementary spend the school year learning about the St. Johns River and its wildlife in the JAXPORT-sponsored Aquaculture ‘Labitat'. Much of the time is spent nurturing  the thousands of small fry trout until the fish are ready to be released into the river.

Following a lengthy 2015 power outage at the school which resulted in the loss of more than 3,000 fish, JAXPORT purchased the backup generator as part of its community outreach efforts at promoting environmental education and research

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

Learn more about JAXPORT's community contributions here

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Watch video of Coastal Sciences Academy 2015 fish release