'So Much to Sea' in Shetland – Fishupdate.com

‘So Much to Sea’ in Shetland Published:  06 February, 2014

SHETLAND’S seafood industry is launching a major promotion to build awareness of its social and economic impact.

‘So Much to Sea’ is a series of community events built around an exhibition, a new film and wider promotions, which aim to generate a greater understanding of what the seafood industry means to Shetland.

 Shetland’s seafood industry is worth £300 million a year to the islands, a figure that surpasses the value of the oil, gas, agriculture, tourism, and creative industries combined. 

Amongst the themes featured in the ‘So Much to Sea’ initiative include: the history and heritage of the Shetland seafood industry; its role now, and in the future, in fishing and aquaculture production in Shetland; and Shetland seafood as a sustainable food choice.

The project also includes seafood tastings and music, and schools throughout the isles will be involved through creative arts, home economics, history or science-related projects.

An exhibition of a selection of school students’ work will be displayed at Shetland Museum and Archives in June as part of a wider celebration of Shetland seafood, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Shetland Catch.

The community events will kick off in Bigton Hall on Saturday 15 February.  ‘So Much to Sea’ will then move to Burra on Saturday 22 Feburary, Walls on Saturday 1 March, Vidlin on 8 March, Cullivoe on Friday 21 March and Symbister on Saturday 29 March.

 The £74,000 project has received 74 per cent funding through Axis 4, as part of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). Matching funding has been provided by Seafood Shetland, Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation, Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation, Shetland Aquaculture Trust, and Hunter and Morrison Trust.

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