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Coronavirus / Winners of fishy stories lockdown competition announced

Seafood Scotland online resource was created when schools were shut due to Covid-19

From left to right: Lois Hay, Tom Williamson, Zak Irvine and Teagan Ritch.

SEAFOOD Shetland has announced the winners of its “school of fish” story-writing competition which ran during the Covid-19 lockdown in spring.

The industry ran the competition as part of an online educational resource when schools were shut for several weeks as part of the UK lockdown.

The winners are Zak Irvine and Tom Williamson, both in P3 at Whalsay Primary School, P3 Hamnavoe Primary School pupil Teagan Ritch and Lois Hay, who is in P2 at Lunnasting Primary School. All the winners received book tokens for themselves and their schools.

The budding writers were invited to submit a seafood-themed story based in Shetland, either past or present, with a connection to fish and the sea.

Seafood Shetland chief executive Ruth Henderson said: “We really enjoyed reading all the entries. It was hard to pick just one winner, so we chose four excellent submissions.

“Seafood Shetland created the ‘school of fish’ online educational resource to support schools and parents during the period of lockdown when learning was home-based.

“We recognised the challenges that home schooling presented, and we wanted to provide the children with some activities that were fun and educational, but also increased awareness of such an important sector to the islands’ economy.

“We wish to thank all those that participated and hope that they will continue to appreciate the sea and what it brings to our community.”

The online resource, which is still live, contains a range of activities including quizzes, word searches, arts and crafts and scavenger hunts all relating to the seafood industry.