Clyde kids raise trout for classroom fisheries project
- 2500 children across 99 schools are taking part in this year’s Clyde in the Classroom
- Since project began in 2001, 26,000 pupils from 1000 classes have taken part
Thousands of school children from across the River Clyde catchment are part of a project to raise and release brown trout into the river system.
‘Clyde in the Classroom’, co-ordinated by the Clyde River Foundation and supported by Crown Estate Scotland, saw hundreds of children from 99 schools descend on the Glasgow Science Centre for the launch after which the pupils raised the fish in their classrooms; before releasing them back in the Clyde.
Each week, classes have been visited from a Clyde River Foundation scientist, to check in on their progress and the schools ensure conditions in their classroom hatcheries are similar to those of a Scottish river.
The project, which began in 2001, has encouraged more than 26,000 pupils from 1000 classes to connect with nature and to understand the importance of the local environment.
Fiona Simpson at Crown Estate Scotland said: “We are a keen supporter of projects like this, with our responsibility for management of salmon angling rights – which includes a major part of the Clyde catchment. ‘Clyde in the Classroom’ provides learning opportunities across the curriculum as pupils monitor fish development, calculate what they need to keep them healthy and write up their experiences. Having the responsibility of caring for the fish inspires an interest in nature and the environment.”
From raising eggs and hatchlings from January, through to releasing the trout this month, pupils create poetry and prose, artwork, songs, plays, films and presentations to share what they have learned.
Dr William Yeomans, Catchment Manager for the Clyde River Foundation said: “The Foundation wants to help safeguard our world-famous river, and ‘Clyde in the Classroom’ is the best tool we have for engaging and enthusing large numbers of our future environmental stewards.”
Schools from all local authorities in the Clyde catchment (West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde) take part in the project.
Alongside Crown Estate Scotland, ‘Clyde in the Classroom 2018’ is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation, Mickel Fund, River Kelvin Angling Association, James T Howat Charitable Trust, Cruden Foundation, United Clyde Angling Protective Association Ltd and Glasgow Science Centre.
For further information, please visit the Clyde River Foundation website: http://www.clyderiverfoundation.org/