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Feb 16 2012

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Floating classroom cruising to SPI

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Willacy County students are shown with the tools they used on Wednesday to explore aquatic ecosystems in Port Mansfield. (Photo by Andres Garcia)

PRESS Staff Report

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Dr. Russ Miget, Texas Sea Grant Environmental Quality Specialist, supervises Willacy County students as they handle sea life brought aboard the R/V Karma in a trawl net on Wednesday. (Photo by Whitney Curry)

For the first time, Karma is coming to the Port Isabel/South Padre Island area, at least in the form of a sea vessel.

The Texas Sea Grant College Program’s floating classroom, also known as Karma, is currently cruising the waters of the Laguna Madre near here, introducing public school students to a marine ecosystem.

An invitation from Dr. Richard Kline at The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and a grant from Willacy County allowed the RV Karma to travel from its homeport in Corpus Christi to Port Mansfield to provide fourth through eighth grade students from the Lasara, San Perlita and Lyford school districts, as well as Icthyology students from UTB, with a unique opportunity to learn about the Laguna Madre first hand. The Karma is scheduled to complete the student trips and sail for the City of South Padre Island on Friday, Feb. 17, where it will host Texas Master Naturalists and other school groups on cruises through next Wednesday.

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