News from the Farm: Schoolchildren Visit the Lobsters!

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News from the Farm: Schoolchildren Visit the Lobsters!

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As we head into September, we’ve been reminiscing on the most memorable days of summer 2016. There were many winning moments over the past few months, but when it came to the best day, everyone could agree: it was the afternoon we got to host a group of school children – all of them eager to learn about sustainability.

On July 11, 2016, an Environmental Education Summer Programme came to visit CSF’s lobster farm—armed with smiles on their faces and questions in their minds!

The bus arrived in the morning, and we were greeted with 38 warm grins and a sea of questions about sustainable farming. We started the day by giving the children a tour around the farm. Everyone was excited to learn, and of course, to meet the lobsters! After the tour the children were informed about how sustainable fishing works, the benefits of fishing sustainably, and why this is important for future generations.

The group came to visit as part of an Environmental Education Summer Programme operated by the Conservation and Fisheries Department. The programme was designed to educate the youth of the British Virgin Islands about their natural environment, and how important it is to preserve this environment for future generations. The programme operates over summer holiday, and is reliant upon local volunteer support.

Although the programme aims to restrict child numbers to 30 per day, there were so many children interested in lobster farming that the number was increased to 38 for this particular trip. Most of the attendees were from the BVI, but some were from USVI, Puerto Rico and Florida.  

It was so great to see so many young minds interested in the future of our environment, and the importance of sustainability!

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of sustainable farming, contact us!

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