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Silver Darlings (Herring) - Orkney's Golden Opportunity [Sarah De Rees] Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Communities, Coasts and Mountains
    UHI Research and Post Graduate Conference
    2010
    Sarah De Rees
    Centre for Nordic Studies , Orkney
  • 2. Silver DarlingsOrkney’s Golden Opportunity?
  • 3. Introduction
    • PhD Orkney Food Culture
    • 4. Diet and health – historic perspective
    • 5. Significance herring in Orkney culture: past and present
    • 6. Herring part of Orkney diet for millennia
    • 7. 19th and 20th Century - herring fishing industry – Silver Darlings
  • Herring and herring fishing
    • Staple food up to WWII – easily accessible
    • 8. Early 1800s: start UK Commercial herring fishing
    • 9. Scots domination international market
    • 10. barrel of salt herring per household
    • 11. 1970s – ban North Sea herring fishing
    • 12. end curing industry UK
    • 13. change food habits Orkney
  • Today
    • No longer staple food
    • 14. Reputation unappealing
    • 15. too bony to prepare
    • 16. Healthy herring stocks but only minority of the catch for human consumption
    • 17. Percentage to Orkney
  • Orkney Herring Company
    • Only cured herring producer north of Dingwall (exl. Shetland)
    • 18. North Sea/Skagerrak/North Atlantic fisheries - ensure sustainable stocks
    • 19. cured herring
    • 20. source to table process differs from traditional salting method
  • Health Benefits
    • Oily fish - polyunsaturated fatty acids
    • 21. Consumption promoted by Scottish Government
    • 22. reduce risk heart attack
    • 23. nervous system unborn babies
    • 24. reduce risk miscarriage
    • 25. other
  • However...
    • Low herring consumption in Orkney/UK
    • 26. <1% herring produced in Orkney is sold locally
    Why?
  • 27. Investigate
    • Herring consumption in historic Orkney
    • 28. Cause of trend low fish consumption in Orkney
    • 29. Comparison with fish consumption habits in Shetland
    • 30. Food consumption habits Scotland/Western world
     
  • 31. Future for herring in Orkney food culture?
    • Bright with right marketing and government support on national scale (Orkney Herring Company)
    • 32. Orkney Herring Co. important in local economy
    • 33. Return herring to staple diet?
  • Are the silver darlings (i.e herring) part of Orkney’s golden opportunity for ensuring a healthy local diet while maintaining a healthy, thriving economy?
  • 34. Thank you
    Sarah De Rees
    2010