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BOP Soundbite: New Koi Edition

By Susannah Black
May 1, 2015

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This, yesterday, c. 4:30 pm:

[laughter coming from aquaculture lab.  Murray goes downstairs.]

Murray:  “WHAT is this?  Why is there fun happening here?  You’re supposed to be LEARNING!! WHAT is going on in here?  Those fish aren’t even NATIVE to New York Harbor!”

Student:  “We’re naming them… That’s Jeremy Junior.”

Murray:  “Oooooh.  Can one of them be Murray?”

Student: “Sure!  Which one?”

Murray: “Can that one be Murray?  That one there?  He’s a fighter.”

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Background: Part of the Aquaculture curriculum covers what might be called entrepreneurial skills.  This is true of several of the CTEs: they’re designed to help students build careers in these fields, after all, and a career might involve starting a small business, or working at one.  Training in this aspect of Harbor’s programs looks different for each CTE, and one of the things CTE teachers are experts at is ferreting out the right folks in and around our community to teach these skills.

Yesterday, for example, Matthew Haiken, Harbor Foundation’s Vice President of Administration, spent time tutoring a Marine Science/Technology student in aspects of bookkeeping involved in placing orders for workshop supplies; meanwhile, the Communications Coordinator was giving a mini seminar in professional networking to three students who will be attending the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s conference next week.

It’s this kind of career education that Jeremy and Susannah C provide for the Aquaculture students: they teach not only the marine science needed to understand shellfish genetics; not only the hands-on skills of shellfish production, but also the skills that would be involved in running an oyster farm: because that’s what these students are actually doing.  Recently, students had the task of calling several farms to solicit bids for koi.  The coaching for this involved Jeremy convincing students that it wasn’t weird to call and ask for a price: “They’re used to this, it’s OK.”

The winning farm was Blackwater Creek, in Florida; they’ll give you a great deal on live koi.  And this week, the fish arrived.

Later, on the ferry:

BOP Blog: “I hear you got a fish named after you.”

Jeremy: “Yeah.  I didn’t get to choose him, though.”

BOP Blog:  “You were assigned a fish?”

Jeremy:  “Yup.  And the one I was assigned…not as good looking as the one I wanted.  Fish Jeremy is not as handsome as Real Jeremy.”

Well, that’s just one of the many risks of aquaculture.