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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON WITH JOHN CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND OCEAN RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
FORT PIERCE – John Carroll High School Marine Biology honor students recently experienced a Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon with the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA).
The program consisted of a one-day study of the Indian River Lagoon, including chemical analysis of the water. 43 John Carroll students joined ORCA at two locations, including Harbour Pointe Park and North Island Causeway in Fort Pierce, studying over 40 sites throughout the lagoon.
Students assisted with testing for nitrite, nitrate and phosphate, which indicate the level of pollution in the water and facilitate algae blooms. They also tested physical properties such as salinity, temperature and turbidity. Students seined, meaning to net fish, collect inventory and release the fish, to document types of fish found in the area. They also studied core sediments and shoreline vegetation.
“I had a great time during our Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon field trip,” said Kate Lewis, John Carroll junior. “I personally participated in habitat surveying, as well as seining through the lagoon. It was such a great opportunity for JC students to participate in citizen science and to contribute to ORCA, as well as our community.”
“All of the data collected will be put into a data bank to help determine the health of the lagoon,” Roberts said. “I am proud of our students’ interest in studying and preserving the lagoon.”
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About John Carroll High School
John Carroll High School is located in Fort Pierce, Florida, and strives to inspire, foster, develop, and affirm the young people entrusted to its care. It serves its students, alumni, families and the community at large. Rev. Thomas E. Barrett is president and Mrs. Corey Heroux is the principal. For more information about John Carroll High School, please visit johncarrollhigh.com or call 772-462-5200. “Like” John Carroll on Facebook, follow on Twitter @JohnCarrollHS and follow on Instagram @johncarrollhighschool.
Suggested photo captions: Photo credit: Beau Roberts – John Carroll High School Marine Biology honor students recently experienced a Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon with the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA).