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Final year of Fish Camp in South Portland

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    The husband and wife team of Jeff and Deb Sandler, better known as Mr. and Mrs. Fish, have hosted their summer camp for 39 years. The Sandlers will continue to make educational visits to schools and aquariums, but at ages 69 and 67, respectively, Mr. and Mrs. Fish have decided to close the camp.

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    Campers comb the tidal area for creatures during free time at Fish Camp. Camp directors Mr. and Mrs. Fish met in Portland in their 20s when they were both involved in what became the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on Commercial Street.

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    Molly Brenerman, 26, of Portland, a counselor at Fish Camp, watches children comb the beach and tidal area for creatures during free time in the morning. Brenerman was a camper as a child and is in her 13th year as a staff member.

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    Campers hoist up a parachute during a game at Fish Camp.

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    Ella Carlson, 12, of Scarborough and Mrs. Fish act out a scene in a short, theatric marine science demonstration.

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    Tony Reiling, 11, of New Gloucester, playing a sea urchin, looks at Mr. Fish, playing the role of a storm in a short, theatric marine science demonstration at the Southern Maine Community College camp.

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    Campers laugh while watching a demonstration during the July 10 camp week.

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    Campers watch as counselors arrive dressed as strange "zombies" during a game called Killer Zombies at Fish Camp in South Portland. During the 1980s Mr. and Mrs. Fish were visiting schools five days a week and began to train aquarium staff across the country to use creative dramatics for educational purposes.

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    Davis Nalchajian, 8, of Falmouth shows off a green crab he uncovered in the tidal area at Fish Camp.

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    Braden Paradis, 7, of Scarborough gets high-fives from fellow campers and Mr. Fish during a game called Killer Zombies at Fish Camp.

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    Campers raise their hands hoping to be picked by Mrs. Fish. Jeff and Deb Sandler will call it quits after camp wraps up this summer.

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