MACKAY, Idaho — On a minimal budget in a tiny town in central Idaho, agri-science students have achieved major aquaculture milestones at Mackay Junior-Senior High School.

Converting a small, aged greenhouse into a fish lab in the 1990s, their pioneering projects have rippled outward to have significant lasting benefits for recreation and research.

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Students established a destination golden trout fishery in a creek east of Mackay.

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Jesse Barger, front, and Lucas Hulse, eighth-graders at Mackay Junior-Senior High School, describe an aeration system in their aquaculture lab to Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

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Students have been raising grayling, rainbow, and golden trout since October.

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Agricultural, environmental, and tribal organizations helped finance the construction of a new aquaculture lab at Mackay Junior/Senior High School.

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