Freedom Boat Club said it partnered with Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., to give students in the Biology of Fishes class an opportunity to get out on the water and experience real-world fish-sampling methods, including seine netting, cast netting and dip netting.
Freedom Boat Club provided boats and licensed captains for a field trip on the Manatee River that was led by biology professors Bryan Franks and Laura Habegger.
“Thanks to this generous arrangement with Freedom Boat Club, our students can now explore a wide variety of marine habitats and ecosystems along southwest Florida’s Gulf coast,” Franks said in a statement. “This trip allowed our students to enjoy a day out on the water and exposed them to the sampling techniques they have been reading about in class.”
“Freedom Boat Club’s support will allow us to better facilitate engaged learning experiences for our growing program, which currently has almost 90 students,” Franks added. “This partnership enables us to accommodate larger groups on field trips, giving everyone the opportunity to get up-close and personal with marine life in the Gulf.”
Freedom Boat Club said it will continue to support Florida Southern’s marine biology program.
“We’re very pleased to be able to give back and to support Florida Southern College and to benefit students who are studying marine habitats,” president and CEO John Giglio said. “We’re enthusiastic to help facilitate the marine and boating experience and hope our contributions prove valuable in bringing classroom studies to life.”