Fishy business at Carrick Academy

CARRICK schoolchildren have had fun with fish as they took part in a nationwide Seafood in Schools programme.

On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 January Carrick Academy hosted the Carrick cluster event of the project’s country-wide activities, which aims to teach children about where seafood comes from, how it reaches our plates, and why eating seafood is good for us.

Around 300 pupils, including those from the Maybole high school and from surrounding Carrick primaries of Gardenrose, Cairn, Maidens, Crosshill, Kirkmichael, Minishant and Straiton, joined in fish recognition - handling fresh and live species including crab, lobster, cod, monkfish and squid - and “Come Dine with Me”, as well as preparing and tasting some top fish feasts,

Elaine Wilson, head of home economics at Carrick Academy, said: “Having buses put on by Seafood in Schools was a great help because pupils who were not involved in the event were able to go along at lunchtime and after school to take part in the workshops and tasting sessions.”

Paula Daly, Fisherman’s Mission’s Troon centre manager, added: “It was a tremendous event and the children from Carrick Academy and the associated primaries were so enthusiastic that it was a pleasure to work with them.

“It was wonderful to see so many people with an interest in the fishing industry working together to raise awareness of the importance of fish in our diet, and the hard and dangerous work of our Scottish fishermen to provide it.”

Seafood in Schools project manager Nicki Holmyard saidshe was similarly pleased with how the event went.

“For some children their first experience of eating fish or shellfish is when our coordinators visit their schools, and once they are tempted they never look back!” she said.

“The Carrick event was highly successful in bringing together a host of local partners, who will all stay involved with the schools to ensure the importance of our seafood heritage is not forgotten.”

She thanked Pieroni of Ayr and Scotprime, the Fisherman’s Mission, Fish for Health, and MacCallum’s of Troon for all for their time and enthusiasm.