Media Release: Seafood in Schools at Milne High, Fochabers

SEAFOOD Scotland’s highly successful Seafood in Schools project is at Milne High School in Fochabers on Tuesday 3rd June, presenting a series of interactive workshops to more than 170 high school and primary pupils and their teachers.

The event will teach children where seafood comes from, why it is healthy to eat, and how it gets to their plates.

Each pupil will attend three, half-hour workshops, whilst an ad hoc session at lunchtime for teachers, will give them more confidence in using seafood as a context for learning.

The wetfish counter display is guaranteed to be a hit, enabling pupils to see and handle a variety of Scottish species and to learn how they are caught, landed and processed.

It will be run by Seafood in Schools coordinator Ruathy Donald, with Henry Angus, commercial director of Associated Seafoods, telling the children how salmon are farmed, and Eric Mair from Eat Mair Fish in Buckie providing a filleting masterclass.

Said Henry Angus: “Associated Seafoods is delighted to be involved in the Seafood in Schools initiative, as there is such a great story to tell about Scotland’s wonderful range of sustainable and healthy to eat seafood.

“Scottish farmed salmon is renowned around the world for its quality and taste, and it is important that our children learn about how it is produced and the vital role that fish such as salmon play in ensuring a healthy diet.”

Local chef, David Dougall, head chef at the Banff Springs Hotel, is hosting the second workshop, and will be cooking up some quick, easy and tasty seafood dishes for pupils to try.

He will be handing out recipe leaflets and hopes that parents will be inspired to try them at home.

The third workshop concentrates on health and wellbeing and the importance of eating foods high in Omega 3. Run by Catriona Frankitti of Fish For Health, the session also features a tutored tasting session using crab, brisling sardines, mackerel, trout, salmon and herring, provided by RR Spink, International Fish Canners, Macrae/Young’s, Daniels Sweet Herring, and Orkney Crab, with oatcakes from Nairns.

Fish for the display and cookery demonstrations is kindly donated by Eat Mair Fish and salmon by Associated Seafoods.

“We have worked with Eric Mair for the past three years and are extremely grateful for his continue support, without which it would be difficult to provide opportunities for so many local schools,” said Seafood in Schools project manager, Nicki Holmyard.

Parents, grandparents, carers, siblings and guardians are encouraged to attend an after-school community event at the High School from 16.30-18.30, which will give them an opportunity to enjoy the same workshops and to sample seafood delicacies.

In addition to students from Milne High, pupils from Milne, Mosstodloch and Lhanbryde primaries will also attend. Their transport is funded through the Seafood in Schools project.

Following the workshops, each participating class will undertake a project of their choosing using seafood as a context for learning, which they must demonstrate to the rest of the school through an assembly or similar activity.

“In this way, we ensure that the Seafood in Schools programme and the messages it teaches, have a very wide reach,” said Nicki Holmyard.


Photocall with the children: 1100 Tuesday 3rd June (alternative timings by arrangement).

To arrange a photocall or for further press enquiries, please contact Martin Hunt on 07767 401 760,

Seafood Scotland is an industry organisation that works throughout the supply-chain with fishermen, fish/shellfish farmers, processors, retailers, food service companies, caterers, NGOs and consumers to develop and enhance the competitive performance, quality practices and global reputation of a sustainable Scottish seafood industry.

Seafood Scotland manages the Seafood in Schools project. For more information please visit:

Seafood in Schools is a project that aims to teach children about Scottish seafood; where it comes from, how it reaches our plates, and why eating seafood is good for us. It is funded by Scottish Government, Seafish, Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, the Scottish Fishermen’s Trust and the Scottish Whitefish Producers’ Association, and also relies on in-kind contributions and involvement by the fishing and aquaculture industries.

For more information please contact: Nicki Holmyard, SiS Manager on 0771 127 2637 or visit:

Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) is at the centre of salmon farming’s industry-wide initiatives and public communication, acting as a trusted source of information, a strong industry voice and a focus through which industry leadership and objectives can be channelled.

Set up in 2006 as an industry organisation for Scottish salmon farming, SSPO encompasses over 95 per cent of the tonnage of Scottish salmon production and all members participate in the Code of Good Practice for Scottish Finfish Aquaculture. The organisation plays a central role in representing the industry on political, regulatory, media and technical issues in Scotland, the UK, EU and internationally.

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