As well as bringing high quality locally-caught fish to our south-west London neighbourhood, we felt Faircatch is well placed to deliver fish and sustainable seafood education in Wandsworth schools. We were partly inspired by the recent research below from Asda which showed that 25% of the sample thought haddock was a footballer and, worryingly, 10% thought fish was grown in a supermarket or a garden pond! This is perhaps unsurprising given that the vast majority of fish consumed in the UK is battered or pre-packaged fillets and that over 80% is restricted to just 5 (often imported) species – cod, salmon, tuna, haddock and prawns – so children don’t often have a chance to see whole fish or get much of an idea about where it comes from.
In June Faircatch offered a fishy education lesson to 4, 5 and 6 year olds from Wandsworth Prep school. The kids learned about different types of fishing, sustainability in seafood, locally-caught species, the south coast fishermen who provide our fish and why eating fish is good for you. They particularly liked getting to grips with some dover sole, hake, plaice and john dory. The session was designed to help kids better understand how a fish gets to their plate and provide a stronger connection with the source of their food.
Hopefully this is just the start of many more food education presentations we’ll be delivering across the borough this year, and we aim to extend the scope of the sessions to include gutting and filleting fish, and making simple dishes in the classroom, getting children to try species like gurnard and dabs which are abundant in our closest in-shore waters. If you work in early-years education within Wandsworth or nearby and would like us to come to your school, please get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org.