“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 a few days, “Troot in the Shed 2016” is set to run in North Walls Primary, Sanday Junior High, Stromness Primary, Stronsay Junior High and for the first at Orphir Primary, totalling 5 mini-hatcheries.
The “Troot in the Shed” project owes its name to the buildings where the trout are usually 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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