Here at Seafish we try encourage people of all ages to try fish and sometimes even venture into the fishing industry. Willie Little, a fishmonger from Crieff, Perthshire took eight pupils from Blairgowrie High School to Peterhead Fish Market to provide the school children with a valuable insight into the fishing industry, from catch to plate.
As well as spending time in the market, the skippers had kindly arranged to land their catch on the Sunday evening allowing the young group a unique opportunity to get a close look at the boats, observe the landing of the catch, check species and prepare them for the market on Monday.
The pupils also attended a session by Sally Skakle of Peterhead Port Authority and Norman Davidson of Sustainable Seafoods who completed the tour by taking pupils through the buying process.
Willie comments: “Fish mongering appears to be a dying trade and the majority of customers visiting my shop are on average between 50-90 years old. The 8 pupils from Blairgowrie are between 15 and 17 years old with an interest in the fishing industry. This visit is one of several days they will be attending in order to see the whole supply chain from the landing of the fish right through to the finished article at my restaurant. We hope they found the visit interesting and engaging, with a desire to take the knowledge they acquired back to their parents and peers.”
Since this visit we have developed an education section on the Fish is the Dish website for teachers, schools, parents and kids to learn more about fish and the industry. Have a look and see how you can get involved in this fascinating industry!