Net to Plate
During 2014 and 2015 as part of our ‘Net to Plate – Get Into Seafood Projects’ funded by FLAG Seafood Cornwall Training provided educational visits to Newlyn for Cornish Primary School Children.
In short ‘Net to Plate – Get Into Seafood’ aimed to:
– Raise awareness of seafood within Cornish schools
– Promote the consumption of under-utilised species of fish readily available in Cornwall
– Promote the health benefits of eating seafood
– Educate children about where fish comes from and how it is caught
During each visit, Cornish school children were introduced to the many species of fish and shellfish commonly caught off the South West and encouraged to enjoy a wide variety of seafood as part of a healthy balanced diet.
The children learnt about different fishing methods such as Trawling, Potting, Netting and Handlining and are given a basic understanding of terms such as sustainability, discards, quotas and conservation.
The children took part in a harbour tour learning how to identify different types of fishing vessels, as well as visiting Newlyn’s fish market, a shellfish facility and a fishmonger on the high street.
As part of the project, Seafood Cornwall Training have produced a video, a worksheet and an A2 poster of Cornish fish species aimed at the young consumer. Our video is below for you to enjoy!
Visits are linked to the Sense of Place ‘Fish for the Future Key Stage 2 Unit’, which provides teachers with electronic educational support materials to continue the children’s experience in the classroom, which was developed in partnership with representatives at Seafood Cornwall.
As a result of the projects success a total of 481 children from 21 schools took part in the Net to Plate project.
The 2014/15 Project has been funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and Falfish.