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March 8, 2010; Tampa Bay Online | Usually when you mention that something fishy is going on with nonprofits, it’s bad news. But that’s not the case this time. Instead, Busch Gardens, the Tampa theme park, is donating 1,000 tilapia to a nonprofit group, Morning Star Fisherman. The group, located to the north in Dade City, teaches visiting Central Americans sustainable fishing techniques. What really hooks you into this story, though, are the unique combination of events behind the donation. Turns out that Busch Gardens has more than 1,000 tilapia than it needs for its two lakes, which are also stocked with Koi, while Morning Star has been struggling to replace some 1,000 of the fish killed from cold winter temperatures. Having that replacement stock will enable the nonprofit to serve those it brings in from Central America, who are taught everything from how to raise fish to turn fish waste into fertilizer for vegetables and other plants, which filter the water the fish live in. “We’re definitely excited about the partnership,” Phil Hillary, Busch Gardens’ assistant curator of zoological operations, told Tampa Bay Online. “We looked at this as a great opportunity to help him with his facility, and also it helps us out as well.”—Bruce Trachtenberg