Catch of the day, from sea to school explored at Academy

Seafood Scotland's highly successful Seafood in Schools project
Seafood Scotland's highly successful Seafood in Schools project

Seafood Scotland’s acclaimed Seafood in Schools project will be visiting Linlithgow Academy on Tuesday, February 24 and Wednesday, February 25.

Academy pupils will be joined by children from Linlithgow, Linlithgow Bridge, Low Port, Springfield, Bridgend, Winchburgh, Torphichen and Westfield primary schools.

Around 400 youngsters will enjoy a series of workshops designed to teach them 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, while a separate session at lunchtime for teachers aims to give them more confidence in using seafood as a context for learning.

The first workshop, featuring a wetfish counter display, manned by Pete the Fishmonger from Campbell’s Prime Meats, is sure to be a hit!

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.

The second concentrates on health and wellbeing and the importance of eating seafood high in Omega 3.

Run by Catriona Frankitti, of Fish for Health, it features a tutored ‘Come Dine with Me’ tasting session, using Sainsbury’s hot smoked mackerel, crab pate and mussels, Aldi cold smoked salmon, RR Spinks hot smoked trout, John West Skippers from Scottish-based International Fish Canners and Sainsbury’s Sweet Cure Herring, all served with Nairns oatcakes.

Catriona said: “It is important to inform children and their parents where they can obtain the seafood they like at the workshops.

“Retailers tend to notice an uplift in sales following our workshops, which further encourages their support for us.”

Pupils will also be treated to a cookery demo by a lecturer from West Lothian College, who will show them how to make a simple mackerel pate, while discussing the journey of fish – from the ocean to school!

Seafood for the fish display is kindly supplied by Campbell’s Prime Meats, with a fresh salmon donated by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation.

Scott Landsburgh, CEO of SSPO, said: “We are delighted to continue our support for such a fun and informative programme.

“Encouraging kids to eat a healthy balanced diet that includes fish rich in Omega 3 such as salmon is really important for improving concentration and enhancing brain development.

“The salmon farming industry plays an important part in many rural communities across Scotland and we hope this programme will inform families of some of the benefits it brings, including the positive impact it has on the Scottish economy.”

Parents, grandparents, carers, siblings and guardians are encouraged to attend a community event at the Academy from 4.15 - 5.45pm on Tuesday, February 24, to test their own knowledge about fish and shellfish, and to sample seafood delicacies.

Following the workshops, each participating class undertakes a project of their choosing using seafood as a context for learning, which they must demonstrate to the rest of the school through an assembly or similar

Catriona added: “The Seafood in Schools programme and the messages it teaches, have a wide reach.

“Visits to industry are particularly encouraged and transport and project expenses are funded through Seafood in Schools.”