Toon pupils get sea ready

Five of the class are pictured with Head Teacher Shona Sellers; Captain John Forman and Linda Hope and Jim Watt from the Scottish Maritime Academy.
Five of the class are pictured with Head Teacher Shona Sellers; Captain John Forman and Linda Hope and Jim Watt from the Scottish Maritime Academy.

Eight pupils from Peterhead Academy recently celebrated completing the Seafish Introduction to Commercial Seafishing course.

This three-week course is a mandatory requirement for new entrants entering the industry and covers the basic skills and essential safety knowledge required to go to sea.

The Scottish Maritime Academy ran the course over 15 weeks for the pupils on a day release basis.

Captain John Forman, Peterhead Port Authority’s Harbour Master presented the certificates to the students alongside Peterhead Academy’s head teacher Shona Sellers.

Captain Forman said: “You have all received a very good grounding here at the academy and you now have lots of options available. The qualifications you now have are recognised internationally – whether you choose to opt for a career in fishing or the commercial fleet or decide to take another route.

“The fishing industry has been through difficult times but it is now becoming more prosperous and over the past year we have seen record fish landings.

“Although the commercial side is going through a dip it will bounce back and there are plenty of career options if you choose to go to sea.”

Mrs Sellers added: “A recent HMIe visit saw this partnership working as a good means of Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce and we hope that the Maritime Academy can offer this course again next year.”

Centre manager Linda Hope commended the class for their attendance, commitment and motivation.