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Brilliant Fish Education

Brilliant Fish Education was set up in November 2014 and received funds from a local Rotary Club and Town Council. This was matched with a 75% grant for Cornwall Fisheries Local Action group funds from the EEC. The pilot project started early in 2015 and an excellent poster showing 41 local sustainable fish and methods of fishing was created by Plymouth marine artist Debby Mason. Schools are able to display this poster and enhance their own follow up art and other work.

The first school visit to Looe Harbour was by two Year 4 classes from Hillfort School, Liskeard in March, followed by St Dominic and St Mellion Schools from the Tamar Valley, who visited together in April. St Cleer School from Bodmin Moor travelled by train from Liskeard to their visit in May and finally Coads Green visited after the summer holiday early in November. Each visit was followed up by a cookery session using the fish they had all seen in Pengelly's fish shop in Looe. (see Recipes and Schools pages)

The BFE group is Chairman, Rachel Brooks, Treasurer/administrator, Sandy Simmons and Schools liaison and Tutor Felicity Sylvester.. We welcome volunteers who have helped with cookery sessions. We work with Angela Harrison from Pengelleys who coordinates the Looe Harbour visits with the Looe Harbour Master and the Looe Fish Auctioneer. This gives the children very comprehensive information about the local fishing industry and everyone who visited has really enjoyed their visit.

The schools are hosted at the historic Looe Guildhall and are able to eat their lunch in comfort in the Council Chamber. Thank you to all in Looe who make these visits so worthwhile.

There has been considerable support from the headteachers, class teachers and parents for this project. Prominent people in the South West fishing industry have acknowledged that there is an urgent need to educate children and young families about local fish and how sustainable, healthy and delicious it can be when cooked simply. The schools have found that the children and their families that have taken part are very enthusiastic about eating more fish. We will be doing more detailed assessment about these outcomes before the end of the project.

The group has been renewed in November 2015 and we would like to plan for more visits and cookery session in 2016. We would be very grateful if you would like to contact us or donate to the community group funds so that we can plan to continue and develop this work.

Download our beautiful colour poster (A3 size) for free - we are will also have some cards available soon!

“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.” Tony Tomlinson, FLAG Chairman