The first school visit as part of the Seafood Cornwall Training Net to Plate Project for 2013/14 to Newlyn’s fishing industry was a hit.
Over the course of the Spring and Summer terms, up to 15 schools will have the opportunity to attend a Fish Industry visit to Newlyn led by Seafood Cornwall Training and supported by Falfish, The CFPO and Shellfish Merchants W Harvey and Sons.
Over 30 children from Mabe school, aged 7 to 9 years, visited Newlyn to learn about Cornwall’s fishing industry. The visit was part funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly FLAG (Fishing Local Action Group) and Falfish.
During their visit, the children were introduced to many of the fish species caught by Cornish fishermen; the types of fishing methods used to catch fish, such as Trawling, Potting, Netting and Handlining, and were given a basic understanding of terms such as sustainability, discards, quotas and conservation, including an introduction to the Fishing for Litter project.
The visit also included a tour of the harbour, local fish shops, Newlyn fish market and a visit the shellfish tanks.
Alison Elvey from Seafood Cornwall Training, commented, “It’s always great fund having school kids visit Newlyn. They start out not wanting to touch any of the fish, but it doesn’t take long before they all want to pick up crabs and lobsters!
They always go back to school with their heads full of information about the fishing sector and inspired to eat more fish.”
The aim of this project is to raise awareness of seafood with Cornish schools, promote fish consumption, especially of underutilised species, promote the health benefits of eating seafood as well as raise awareness of Cornwall’s fishing industry amongst children.
Emily Balkwill, Year 3 teacher at Mabe school enthused, “
Andy Wheeler, Cornish Fish Producers Organsiation, added, “The project will introduce young consumers to the Cornish Fishing Industry in a fun and interactive way whilst promoting the consumption of sustainable seafood.”
Mark Greet, Falfish Managing Director and co-sponsor of the Net to Plate project, commented, “the Seafood supply-chain is in many ways unique and so it is great to see that it is inspiring pride and passion in local children from such an early age”.