In August the inmates at the Southeastern Correctional Complex in Lancaster, Ohio opened a rainbow trout farm. The farm, which is partially funded by recycling waste products from Ohio State University football games, will provided fish for animals at the Columbus Zoo.
Approximately 300 pounds of frozen trout will be provided for the zoo’s penguins and nearly 100 pounds of trout for polar bears, brown bears, and otters.
The rainbow trout farm is being partially funded by proceeds from a prison recycling-sorting program. Waste from Ohio State University football games is sorted by inmates and recycled. The program raised about $33,000 in the last six months.
The rainbow trout farm joins several other prison programs that benefit the community. Inmates at the Southeastern prison, the prison in Lorain, and the women’s prison in Marysville raise bees for honey which is distributed to local food banks. A wildlife rescue program is run at the Marion Correctional Institution. Several other institutions train abandoned dogs for adoption as Seeing Eye companions (Ohio-The Washington Post, 8/14/2013).