Lochhead supports town’s Marine Scotland exhibition

The new marine exhibition at Arbuthnot Museum
The new marine exhibition at Arbuthnot Museum

A new exhibition has opened at Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead.

The exhibition looks at the history of marine and fisheries protection, science, and the role that Government has played over the years.

The exhibition has information about Marine Scotland’s priorities moving forward, like aquaculture, marine renewable energy and marine planning.

There are pictures, artefacts, videos and models of some of our ships as well as the popular market stall cart, which has a underwater scene built in and a microscope to check out some lice.

For younger children, there are colouring in sheets and workbooks.

Commenting on the display, Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “This exhibition highlights the heritage and importance of the marine and fisheries industries in Scotland which contributes £500 million to the economy and supports over 5,000 costal jobs across Scotland.

“It also looks to the future of marine and fisheries in Scotland and their importance as we move forward.

“This exhibition aims to educate people about the huge range of Marine Scotland’s interests, which aims to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability for future generations.”

Meanwhile, chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “Fisheries and related industries are an important part of Aberdeenshire’s economy and this is a great chance to find out more about measures of marine protection.

“The museum service has put on a fantastic exhibition with a wide range of pictures, artefacts and models to see, and activities for children too.

“It will be open until August 17 and is worth a visit.”

Committee vice-chair, councillor Ron McKail, said: “The Marine Scotland exhibition is

another great example of the top quality exhibitions put on by the council’s museum service.

“With the school holidays just around the corner, this is a good activity for all the family and a great day out with lots of other activities in the area.”

Admission to the exhibition at the St. Peter Street museum is free and it will run until August 17.