CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A new aquatic effort on property owned by the Food Bank of Corpus Christi could mean a boost to the local economy and fish for hungry people.

About 350 blue catfish were delivered to the aquaponics farming system that began operations Wednesday, thanks to the efforts of two friends who used recycled materials to build the site. Water and nutrients from the plastic tubs holding the fish will be reused on various vegetables in three different grow beds.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times ( ) reports that the growers hope the unnamed operation will yield enough food to become community supported agriculture, where people pay a fee to get a share of the crop, with leftovers going to themselves and the food bank.

The city's food bank serves 11 counties.