“Troot in the Shed” aims at making pupils aware of the Brown Trout and Sea-Trout life cycles through presentations and hands-on activities – the highlight of the initiative being hatching trout ova (provided by the local fishing association) on the school ground and monitoring the experiment on a daily basis to record the various stages from egg to alevin and fingerling. For the new session, starting in the next couple of weeks, “Troot in the Shed 2015” is set to run in the 6 schools which were part of the initiative last year: Dounby Primary, North Walls Primary, Sanday Junior High, St. Andrews Primary, Stromness Primary and Stronsay Junior High as well as Papdale Halls of Residence, totalling 8 mini-hatcheries.
The “Troot in the Shed” project owes its name to the buildings where the trout are hatched… There is an already existing initiative across the country called “Trout in the Classroom” but it requires an extensive set-up including a cooled tank costing in excess of £1,000 which isn’t an option. We manage here to hatch these trout using very basic materials either already in schools or donated by members of the community and local businesses, thus reducing cost to a minimum.
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