My Internship At Waddell Mariculture Center

1485 Words Oct 14th, 2015 6 Pages
For my internship, I decided to work at Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton. It is part of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and is one of the largest and most sophisticated facilities for mariculture studies. I was able to experiment and learn about many interesting facets of aquaculture over the 10 hours of working there. At this particular facility, they grow and research all kinds of aquatic species of fish and shrimp. Waddell was built during the years of 1983 and 1984. For the past 30 years Waddell has worked with a variety of different species of fish including Red Drum, Cobia, Black Drum, Spotted Sea Trout, and many more species. I chose to do my internship for a couple of reasons one reason was that my dad used to work here and also my dad is really good friends with the manager Al Stokes so it was pretty cool how I already knew him. One thing that was really cool was growing Brine Shrimp. At first we took a cup of Brine Shrimp eggs and put them in a tank in room temperature water and left them overnight. In the morning, we went to the tank and overnight the eggs had hatched into the brine shrimp. We then went into the lab and used a very high power microscope to count a 1 milliliter sample of the Brine Shrimp to calculate about how many we had from the hatching so we could know about how much to feed the fish. After this we took the Brine Shrimp and fed it too Spotted Sea Trout that were 2 weeks old. The Brine Shrimp are a very good source of…
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