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Turning Interest Into Action


In 2007, Lucas and Nicholas Metropulos noticed a troubling issue in their community - food insecurity. But instead of sitting back, they took action. Their innovative idea of collecting surplus fish from fishing events and donating it to local soup kitchens not only helped fight food insecurity but also educated the youth on responsible fishing practices and ocean conservation.


Fast forward to 2020, and a new challenge arose with the pandemic making the food insecurity situation even worse. But the younger brother, Nick, didn't let that stop him. He developed a new plan that gave birth to the Marine Education Initiative. This initiative educates the community on ocean conservation through aquaponics and sustainable farming, creating a self-reliant local food system.


Despite shifting their focus, the brothers remained committed to their original mission of Conservation through Education. They transformed from simply collecting surplus fish to empowering the younger generation with knowledge and tools. This shift demonstrated their dedication to community well-being and environmental preservation.


The Marine Education Initiative shows us the power of adaptability, compassion, and education. By cultivating sustainable ecosystems, they are creating a brighter and greener future for all. Their mission remains the anchor of their journey, and they will continue to uphold it with unwavering dedication.

What is Aquaponics?

What is aquponics?

​Aquaponics is the raising of fish and plants in a recirculating ecosystem. The fish waste provides nutrients for the plants. Bacteria and plants help to clean the water for the fish.




Nicholas Metropulos

Alyssa Dorfman

Lauren Higgins

Executive Director

Director of Education

Farm Manager

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Taylor Sandell

Chris Bell

Lily Dooley

Farm Technician

Farm Technician

Student Intern

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Lucas Metropulos Marine Education Initiative Founder Chairman

Lucas Metropulos

Tyler Papera

Juan Pellerano

Founder & Chairman

Vice President


Matthew McKay Marine Education Initiative Treasurer
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Matthew McKay

Matthew Pursel

Cristina Hicks


Board Member

Board Member

Natalie Miaoulis Marine Education Initiative Board Member
Valentine Thomas Marine Education Initiative Board Member
Adam Gabay Marine Education Initiative Board Member

Valentine Thomas

Natalie Miaoulis

Adam Gabay

Board Member

Board Member

Board Member




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