Example of a release. Photo courtesy https://hswri.org/seabass-in-the-classroom/

A group of students from Helix High School will release white seabass into the ocean Saturday, which they have raised for the past five months.

The students are part of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s Seabass in the Classroom program, which allows high school students to grow, feed and monitor seabass while learning about the benefits of aquaculture and the necessity of replenishing depleted fish populations.

Last month, the students placed tags in the cheeks of their fish to continue monitoring them once they release them into the wild. The students will release their fish into Crown Point on Mission Bay.

Students from La Jolla High School, Mission Bay High School and the Preuss School also participated in the program along with Helix High School. The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute partners with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to continue the Seabass in the Classroom program, receiving funding from the Chevron Corporation, San Diego Gas and Electric’s Environmental Champions grant program and the Samuel I & John Henry Fox Foundation.

–City News Service

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