Students care for fish for release into college pond

JOHNSTOWN – Students in the Career and Technical Center’s Environmental Conservation program of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services recently finished stocking their classroom fish tanks with native species including bass, perch and fathead minnows.

On Jan. 25, Environmental Conservation students took a field trip to Hickling’s Fish Farm in Edmeston to collect the fish and tour the facility to learn about its operation.

In order to stock the native species, the HFM Environmental Conservation program obtained a permit from the state Environmental Conservation Department. In the past, the classroom tanks contained only non-native tilapia, which the students raised and studied.

Once the native fish are mature enough, students will collect them from the tanks and release the fish into a pond they are constructing behind the Career and Technical Center. The HFM program was also awarded an education/exhibition license that will allow them to collect fish from the pond to study in the classroom.