Ala. inmates learn about fish through aquaculture


GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Kayla McCoy is becoming known around the Etowah County Detention Center simply as the "fish lady."

She doesn't mind.

Whether it's fish, turtles or any other aquatic creatures, McCoy loves anything having to do with water.

She has a degree in biology and works at the detention center, where she teaches the aquaculture class and works with the program through Gadsden State Community College.

The Gadsden Times reports ( that the jail's role in the aquaculture program is to teach inmates about science and fisheries and possibly give them knowledge they can use after they get out.

It's an opportunity for them to learn about the fish — primarily tilapia. They learn about growing fish and some plants. They also learn how they can obtain potable water, McCoy said.


Information from: The Gadsden Times,

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