Local primary schools name our new boats
As part of our commitment to developing our relationships with local primary school children, we have run two separate competitions giving them the chance to name two of our boats.
Shieldaig Primary School
Charlotte Fraser, P1, of Shieldaig Primary School in Strathcarron, won the competition to name our new support vessel, based on Loch Torridon. The ‘Lady Charlotte’ was officially launched by Charlotte and her fellow pupils.
The P1 to P7 pupils boarded the new boat to learn how it works and its role in transporting feed and equipment to our four fish farms on the loch.
As a thank you for entering the competition, we were delighted to donate money to the school and present Charlotte with a book voucher.
Portree Primary School
Primary 4 pupils in Portree won the competition to name our new vessel, built in Kishorn. The pupils named the boat, which will mainly operate out of Scorrybrec, the ‘Scorry.’
It was fantastic to see how much effort the children put into their name choices and, as a thank you, we were delighted to donate money for a piece of equipment for the school’s playground, as well as giving book tokens to the winning and short-listed classes.
Seafood in Schools partnership with Toward Primary School
We are extremely proud to have been awarded a certificate of partnership with Toward Primary School by the Seafood in Schools Project (SiS). As the school’s ‘seafood partner’, we have spent time working with the pupils explaining about the life-cycle of salmon, and how they are grown on fish farms. We also arranged a series of site visits to our Argyll and Bute fish farm as part of our commitment to showing the children how the fish farms operate and contribute to the economy in their local area.
We are delighted to be a part of Seafood in Schools and we fully support its aim to educate school-age children across Scotland about the importance of fish as part of a healthy diet, and the industry’s significance to the local economy.
Pupils explore the life of fish at our Marybank processing plant
Recently we invited a group of school children from Lewis Christian Primary School to our processing plant in Stornoway to learn all about the lifecycle of salmon. We showed them the processing plant and explained what happens to the fish from the moment they arrive, to when they’re packaged up to be sold. The children also had a chance to handle an adult-sized salmon to investigate its features, which they enjoyed!
Community engagement is a key part of our culture and, as such, we were delighted to be a part of the children’s teaching.