High school students help re-stock waters with flounder

Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) - Some Brunswick County High School students helped stock our local waters with Southern Flounder Wednesday.

Barry Bey is an instructor who lives what he teaches.  He's spent the better part of two decades raising and releasing fish to re-stock our local waters.

There's a dark pigmentation on the white side of the flounder, from being raised in a hatchery, which means the Division of Marine Fisheries will be able to keep track of them long after they've been released.

Local fishermen who catch the flounder will hopefully see the spots and report back to Bey, who feels like a proud dad.

"These are my babies," said Bey.  "I've raised them since spring. Weekends, holidays..."

After being released, the flounder will make their way down the channel and into the ocean.

"It feels really good because you get the firsthand experience," said student Thibeult Lewis. "He's taught us...pretty much everything an aquaculture teacher could teach."

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