Councillor welcomes seafood plans

Councillor Charles Buchan.
Councillor Charles Buchan.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Fisheries Working Group and Fraserburgh and district SNP councillor Charles Buchan has welcomed support for an extension to a seafood program in schools.

Seafood Scotland’s Seafood in Schools programme has been boosted by funding to allow interactive seafood workshops in additional schools over the next 12 months.

Funded through the council’s 6-key areas initiative, the initiative complements existing Seafood in Schools activity delivered in Aberdeenshire under the national programme, and will ensure that even more pupils in the county can look forward to some exciting learning opportunities.

Commenting, Councillor Charles Buchan said:
“I am very pleased at the progress of the roll-out of the Seafish in Schools programme which is visiting Mearns Academy on the 30th and 31st of October.

“The previous event was held in the Mintlaw schools network, and I was delighted by the reception of the pupils to the presentations and demonstration, given by Skipper Peter Bruce, of the Budding Rose whitefish trawler, scientists from Marine Scotland, and chefs from Banff and Buchan College.

“The catching and processing of all kinds of high quality seafood is of great economic importance to our North-east communities, and events such as these show to young people and their parents the benefits of eating locally caught fish and seafood, such as increased health and well-being, and in the reduction of food miles.

“As Chair of the Aberdeenshire Council Fisheries Working Group, I wish to thank our partner, Seafood Scotland, and our sponsors who provided the food: Macrae at Young’s Seafood, International Fish Canners, Downies of Whitehills, RR Spink, Daniel’s Sweet Herring, Orkney Crab, Scottish Shellfish Marketing, and Nairn’s Oatcakes.”

Next week, using the new funding package, Seafood in Schools is at Mearns Academy, presenting a series of interactive workshops to around three hundred high school and primary pupils and their teachers.

The event takes place on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October, and will teach children where seafood comes from, how healthy it is to eat, and how it gets to their plates. Each pupil will attend three half-hour workshops, whilst a separate session at lunchtime for teachers, aims to give them more confidence in using seafood as a context for learning.

The first workshop, a wetfish counter display run by Peter Bruce, skipper of the whitefish trawler Budding Rose and Maria Anderson from Seafood Scotland.

It will enable pupils to see and handle a variety of fresh and live species, including crab, lobster, langoustine, cod, haddock, monkfish and squid, and to learn how they are caught, landed and processed.

Students from Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk, Auchenblae, St Cyrus, Luthermuir, Fettercairn, Redmyre and Marykirk will also attend. There travel is funded through the project.