Children have a ‘Brilliant’ visit to Looe Harbour for a healthy taste of the sea

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Primary school children in SE Cornwall visited Looe Harbour and had the opportunity to cook and taste healthy fish dishes, through Brilliant Fish Education, which is a new group set up to help educate children about the local fishing industry and eating fish as part of a healthy diet.

Brilliant visit to Looe Harbour April 2015 photo web page.docxChildren visited Pengelly’s fish shop to learn about the variety of Cornish fish species (Chris Ray Photography)

At a visit in April, 40 children from Primary Schools in the Tamar Valley, St Mellion and St Dominic had a guided tour led by Angela Harrison from Pengelley’s Fish, the children saw fishing boats, a fish auction and fish and shellfish producers and shops. An educational poster and worksheets of local fish and fishing methods were designed by marine artist, Debby Mason.

Brilliant Fish Education have also arranged follow up cookery sessions in schools to demonstrate the SEAFISH “Fish is the dish” recipes, which are useful for families and will enable opportunities to enjoy a wider range of healthy sustainable local fish. The cookery tutors have experience of community demonstrations and will be aided by volunteer cooks.  Harbour visits and cookery sessions have already been arranged for Hillfort School, Liskeard and have plans for St Cleer School.

The “SEA IT COOK IT” pilot project has received funding from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), which receives investment from the European Fisheries Fund and the Marine Management Organisation. Delivery and support to access the fund is carried out by Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC) with Cornwall Development Company in place as the local accountable body. The project is also match funded by five local schools with support from town councils and rotary clubs.

Felicity Sylvester from Brilliant Fish Education said

“We have already taken nearly 100 local children to visit the fishing activity and Fish Auction in Looe Harbour, led by Angela from Pengelley’s, who also shows them the fresh caught fish and shellfish of the day. The children, teachers and parent helpers are all fascinated and have really enjoyed their visits. Thanks to everyone at Looe Harbour. ”

Tony Tomlinson, FLAG Chairman, added

“Educating the younger generation on the Cornish fishing industry is a key part of the FLAG strategy and this project is a great example of it in action. With support from Looe Harbour Commissioners and the local fishmongers it is great to see Brilliant Fish Education encouraging local children to learn about the variety of species we have in our waters.”

If you would like to have the opportunity to be involved, please get in contact with Felicity Sylvester, Brilliant Fish Education, [email protected] 01579 343341

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