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FAU’s Harbor Branch Receives $30,000 from Wells Fargo for Aquaculture Exhibit

BOCA RATON, FL (September 26, 2011) – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University recently received $30,000 in grant funding from Wells Fargo to establish an aquaculture exhibit at its Ocean Discovery Center. The interactive exhibit will display three educational aquaculture systems and provide visitors with information about the importance of sustainable fish farming.

“On behalf of everyone at Harbor Branch, I would like to thank Wells Fargo and its associates for this generous contribution,” said Janet Alford, executive director of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation. “Aquaculture already provides about half of the world’s seafood and will be called on to provide significantly more in the coming decades. This grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation will play an important role in Harbor Branch’s current and future success as a world leader in sustainable fish farming.”

The exhibit will show how to grow freshwater tilapia, red drum and other marine or estuarine finfish such as Florida pompano and native Florida apple snails. These specific target species have been chosen to illustrate distinct aspects of sustainable aquaculture, including food fish production and the cultivation of marine species for resource conservation and stock enhancement.

“Wells Fargo is committed to helping our communities by supporting programs that champion our environment,” said Frank Newman, Wells Fargo’s regional president for South Florida. “We’re excited to be a partner with Harbor Branch for the second straight year in support of Florida’s green projects. This exhibit will convey the importance of sustainable fish farming to visitors of all ages.”

The Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center is a public educational center serving a diverse population of school age through adult visitors. The facility is open Monday through Saturday, and provides information on ocean science and the research and conservation efforts underway at Harbor Branch, free of charge.

For more information about visiting the Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center, call 772-242-2293 or visit www.hboi.fau.edu.

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About Wells Fargo Foundation :
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. We want to help all of our customers succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in our communities. In 2010, the Company invested a record $219 million in grants in 19,000 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.3 million volunteer hours around the country. For more information, please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr .

 

About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans. Harbor Branch was founded in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. In December 2007, Harbor Branch joined Florida Atlantic University. The institute specializes in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture and marine education. For more information, visit www.hboi.fau.edu



About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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