Hamburg High School’s Richard O’Neal invited students from his science classes to accompany him to Aquatic Sciences Day Oct. 10. During the tour, the students learned about the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s aquaculture and fisheries.

Aquaculture is the rearing of aquatic animals or the cultivation of aquatic plants for food and fisheries is when fish are reared for commercial purposes.

Students also learned that UAPB is ranked second in the nation for its aquaculture program.

The Center of Excellence at UAPB was created in 1988 to combine resident instruction, research, and extension responsibilities into one comprehensive unit. Faculty, staff and students at UAPB work together across disciplines and functions to offer research-based scientific solutions to make a difference both in Arkansas and throughout the United States.

Many students said that the UAPB trip was educational and entertaining.

“It was a great experience,” Senior April Mondragon said. “I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot about fish and aquatic life.”

Ashley Smith, a junior, said, “It was very educational and we learned how they made fish food and how to be able to tell how old a fish is. We also learned about their anatomy. I got a goldfish and it was really fun.”

Sophomore Natavious Carter said the trip was, “a blast.”

“It was actually fun and I learned about fish and it was awesome,” Carter said. “It was a blast and I think I might go to their university.”

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