Exploring Seafood in the Curriculum for Excellence

How Does Seafood Reach Our Plate Why Is Seafood Good For Us Where Does Seafood Come From
Where Does Seafood Come From?

Seafood is grown or caught all around the 7,000+ miles of the beautiful Scottish coast, from the small coastal fisheries in the West, to remote salmon farms on the islands, and the large-scale mackerel and whitefish fisheries in the North Sea.

Wild seafood is located and caught using electronic equipment and fishing gear, which differs depending on the species and size of the vessel. This is landed at fish markets such as Peterhead, Europe's largest whitefish market, where daily auctions take place.

Farmed seafood is a different 'kettle of fish' and its lifecycle involves the breeding, growing, management and harvesting of stocks on a fish or shellfish farm.

We have thought of a host of suggestions to help you explore this key question such as 'How has fishing changed in the past 50/100 years?' and 'What are fishermen doing to protect the seas?'

We all know that seafood is good for us, but do we know why? This key area explores the role that Omega 3 fatty acids play in the health of our nation and especially in our young people, by boosting brainpower, improving behaviour and helping concentration.

Seafood is often avoided, particularly by younger generations.

This project offers encouragement to tackle the issue by making seafood 'approachable', enabling pupils to learn what to buy and how to prepare and cook it, as well as giving them an opportunity to taste a wide selection.

We have thought of a host of suggestions to help you explore this key question such as 'Look at the power of advertising on seafood consumption and the role of TV chefs' and 'What are the nutritional benefits of seafood versus other foods?'

The journey taken by seafood from the market to our plates is complex and can involve a multitude of people and businesses, from primary and secondary processing units, smokehouses and chilled or frozen storage, to transportation by road, rail and plane. It also includes retail and wholesale outlets, chefs and restaurants.

We have thought of a host of suggestions to help you explore this key question such as 'How important is provenance for Scottish seafood?' and 'How does seafood get from the fishing boat to the supermarket?'

Seafood as a context for indisciplinary learning

The Seafood in Schools Project uses seafood as a context for interdisciplinary learning by posing three questions below.

  • Where does seafood come from?
  • How does seafood reach our plate?
  • Why is seafood good for us?


These can be explored through a wide variety of learning experiences and activities, at all levels, right across the Curriculum for Excellence.

The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) aims to achieve a transformation of education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3-18.

Using seafood as a context for interdisciplinary learning in the CfE can cover all five core skills - communication, numeracy, problem solving, IT and working with others.  It can also include important themes such as enterprise, citizenship, sustainable development and international education.

Navigate through the different questions about seafood by clicking on the links on our interactive seafood diagram or alternatively, using the tabs at the top of this panel.