Lancaster Inmates Get A Fishy Assignment

Some inmates will get training to raise rainbow trout to sell to the Columbus Zoo.(Photo: Ohio.gov)
Some inmates will get training to raise rainbow trout to sell to the Columbus Zoo.(Photo: Ohio.gov)

A state prison in Lancaster has joined in a unique partnership with the Columbus Zoo. Inmates at the Southeastern Correctional Complex will raise rainbow trout that will be sold at a cheaper cost to feed the zoo’s bears, penguins and otters. Prison spokeswoman Karrie Hupka says the inmates helped to build a fish tank inside a nearby warehouse where 5,000 rainbow trout were delivered today.

“The whole point of the project is to help the Columbus Zoo lower their cost and help our inmates get into an apprenticeship program,” says Hupka.

Hupka says up to 20 inmates will get training each year. She says the prison was able to raise the money for the project by recycling its paper and can materials. The project is expected to reduce the cost in half of what the Columbus Zoo currently spends on trout.

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