Seafood in Schools coordinators in training –

Seafood in Schools coordinators in training Published:  13 August, 2012

Seafood Scotland’s new Seafood in Schools coordinators enjoyed an introduction to the seafood industry last week, when they spend two days in the northeast exploring the shellfish, pelagic and whitefish sectors.

As part of their induction, they visited Peterhead market and harbour, went onboard vessels, and toured Macrae’s and International Fish Canners in Fraserbugh.

“We were overwhelmed by the variety of fish on the market and by the size of the factory operations,” said Ruathy Donald.  “It has given us a good understanding of what is available, how it is caught and handled, and what careers are available in the industry, and this is invaluable information to take into schools.”

The four start work in earnest this week as Scottish schools return from the summer holidays.  They will be running workshops for pupils of all ages to teach them where seafood comes from, how it gets to our plates and why is good to eat as part of a healthy diet.  Schools follow up with activities in all areas of the curriculum.

“It’s great to have such enthusiastic coordinators onboard, and I am confident they will deliver an excellent package in schools throughout the country,” said project manager Nicki Holmyard.  “Children particularly enjoy handing seafood and we always have great success with our tasting sessions.”

The project was recently funded for a three-year term by Scottish Government, with additional financial contributions from Seafish, the Scottish Fishermen’s Trust, SSPO and in-kind product contributions from industry.