SCOTTISH fishermen have welcomed last night's decision at the European Fish Council in Luxembourg to give the fishing fleet the facility to bank up to 25 per cent of this year's mackerel quota so as to mitigate the impact of Russian trade sanctions.
SCOTLAND'S Fishing Minister Richard Lochhead has stressed the importance of innovative fisheries management and urged a 'level playing field' on enforcement to ensure the success of the historic discard ban.
JIMMY Buchan, star of BBC's Trawlermen series, has launched Seafish's new Fish is the Dish education pack for primary schools in his home town of Peterhead.
Pupils at Clerkhill Primary were able to find out first-hand what it's like to be a fisherman when Jimmy visited their school to talk about his career in fishing and launch the new education initiative.
The Seafish pack is being sent to all 2,091 Scottish primary schools and aims to support teachers to deliver healthy eating lessons tied into the national curriculum. The new cross-curricular resource, for children aged 5-8 years, provides schools with fun and informative sessions for both pupils and teachers. Each pack contains a comprehensive teachers' guide, including curriculum links and six lesson plans, as well as stickers and posters for children to use at school and home.
Jimmy Buchan said: "I was delighted to be invited to Clerkhill to speak to the pupils and seeing youngsters with such an interest in the fishing industry at their age gives us great hope for the future of fishing in Peterhead. Their knowledge was first class and the pupils were a real credit to their teacher Marina Smith and the school. I am sure the Seafish education pack will be a hit in classrooms the length and breadth of the country and will encourage kids and their families to eat more fish and try different types of seafood too."
Roy Ballam, Education Programme Manager at the British Nutrition Foundation, who helped create the pack with Seafish, said: "It's important that children understand that there are different types of fish that they can prepare, cook and eat, and that it is part of a healthy varied diet. School resources that help teachers deliver these important messages are welcome. This pack has given Seafish the opportunity to provide teachers in Scotland with new materials to engage children at school and to also give them a healthy start to life."
UP to 30 per cent of this year's fish quotas affected by the Russian trade sanctions could be banked until next year, according to EU Commissioner Damanaki.
MARINE Scotland has launched a consultation in a bid to protect Scotland's king scallop stocks and ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery.