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The waters around the Orkney Islands are a rich source of seafood. The shellfish caught here are valued as high quality produce and are exported all over the world.

Fishing has been an important part of everyday life on the islands for thousands of years, and to ensure it continues for years to come, the council and local cooperatives have established a number of initiatives to sustain the island’s fish stocks and protect the livelihood of the local community.

The island is home to the largest lobster hatchery in Europe.
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27 November 2009

Classroom Ideas

Could be used to start a discussion on the impact of the global food trade on the environment and local communities. How successful are the initiatives set up on Orkney? And, could these ideas be transferred to ensure sustainability in other areas of global food production?