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Herkimer BOCES conservation students learn about
Morrisville State College, importance of aquaculture

April 18, 2016



Conservation students reaching for M&Ms as part of a lesson
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES conservation students use spoons to scoop up M&Ms from each other’s bowls on Wednesday, March 23, during a lesson about fishing and the importance of aquaculture from guest presenter Elisa Livengood, an assistant professor of aquaculture and renewable resources at the Morrisville State College School of Agriculture, Sustainability, Business and Entrepreneurship.



HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES conservation students recently were getting up from their desks and using spoons to take M&Ms from other students’ bowls.

They were learning about fishing and the need for aquaculture.

The spoons represented advanced fishing gear, and each student’s bowl of M&Ms was a sea of fish. Among the lessons of the activity was that fish in the seas are primarily an open resource that everyone wants, so people working in the fisheries and aquaculture industry need to figure out how to manage the resource so that everybody has access and how to provide fish through aquaculture, which is the farming of aquatic species.

The types of fish people are eating in the future will be different species than are eaten now, and it’s up to the aquaculture industry to help develop the technology to help those species grow, said Elisa Livengood, assistant professor of aquaculture and renewable resources at the Morrisville State College School of Agriculture, Sustainability, Business and Entrepreneurship.

“We are currently fishing our oceans at their maximum sustainable yield,” she said.

Livengood visited Herkimer BOCES conservation students on Wednesday, March 23, at the invitation of Herkimer BOCES conservation instructor Christopher Ambra.

“I wanted the students to hear from her, so they can get a preview of what one of the nearby colleges offers for their education,” Ambra said.

Livengood talked about the various aquaculture, natural resources and environmental degrees offered at Morrisville State College and the types of courses that go with each degree. She also discussed the facilities there including a fish hatchery and aquaponics greenhouse, big field trips that are planned including one to Boston and more information about some of the courses such as fish production and fish ecology.

She also detailed some of the job fields in the aquaculture industry such as aquaculture technician work, engineering, aquariums and zoos, seafood production, marketing and fisheries management.

Originally from North Carolina, Livengood also explained how a career in aquaculture took her to Florida for seven years and trips to Colombia and South Africa, where she did a cage-free shark dive.

“To be in this field, it gives me a lot of opportunities to travel and for discovery,” she said.

Livengood said technical education programs such as the conservation program at Herkimer BOCES provide a great opportunity for students to develop technical skills, and with her presentation, she wanted them to see the types of careers they can have.

“It’s to provide a sense of relevance to what they’re learning here and how it relates to conservation on a broader scale and its impact on the world,” she said.



Elisa Livengood
Elisa Livengood, an assistant professor of aquaculture and renewable resources at the Morrisville State College School of Agriculture, Sustainability, Business and Entrepreneurship, speaks to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES conservation students on Wednesday, March 23, about the aquaculture industry and the opportunities available at Morrisville State College.



Student Nate Case
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES conservation student Nate Case, of Central Valley, uses a straw to pick up an M&M as part of an activity about fishing and the importance of aquaculture on Wednesday, March 23, during a presentation from Elisa Livengood, an assistant professor of aquaculture and renewable resources at the Morrisville State College School of Agriculture, Sustainability, Business and Entrepreneurship.




 
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