Peterhead kids help launch Seafood Week

Clerkhill school pupils Alfie Mossop, Madison Rennie and Alanna Summers
Clerkhill school pupils Alfie Mossop, Madison Rennie and Alanna Summers

Pupils at Clerkhill Primary School, with the help of local skipper Peter Bruce, got up close and personal with some local seafood to kick off National Seafood Week.

The primary 5 pupils spent time looking at a variety of seafood species with Peter and learned about how the fish are caught and get to our plates.

This was followed by a tasting session with some Scottish delicacies including mackerel, crab, mussels and herring during which the children were taught about the importance of eating more fish as part of a healthy diet by Cat Frankitti, a Seafood in Schools Co-ordinator.

The seafood session was set up by the school as part of National Seafood Week wich runs until Friday, October 16.

Spearheaded by Seafish, the industry authority on seafood through its consumer brand Fish is the Dish, Seafood Week aims to highlight the versatility of the original superfood, focusing on a range of fish to show how it can be easily cooked, bought at an affordable price and dined on to suit all tastes, lifestyles and budgets.

Talking about the Seafood Week session, teacher Marina Smith, said: “The fishing industry is so important to the community that we didn’t want to let Seafood Week pass without celebrating our local heritage so we were delighted to be involved as part of the launch.

“We have done similar sessions in the past and the pupils always enjoy speaking to the fishermen and getting to see the fish up close.

“When it comes to getting them to eat more seafood, it definitely sparks more interest from them when they know how the fish got to their plate.”

A number of seafood businesses in the North East are supporting Seafood Week including Ellon Fish Shop and Turriff Fish Shop who will be promoting locally landed seafood throughout the week.

Mel Groundsell, Corporate Relations Director at Seafish, commented: “The industry is absolutely passionate about spreading the word on seafood.

“This week will see everyone - from the catchers, through to processors, fishmongers, retailers and restauranteurs - coming together to showcase just how much variety there is when it comes to enjoying seafood.

“Children are the seafood eaters of the future so it’s important that we involve them in the celebrations and hopefully inspire them to try something new.”

For more on Seafood Week visit www.seafoodweek.co.uk and join in the conversation on Twitter with @fishisthedish using #seafoodweek.