In November 2015, the Fisheries and Maritime Museum in Esbjerg, in cooperation with Copenhagen University, Kattegatcenteret, Nordsøen Oceanarium and Den Blå Planet received 17.9 mill. kr. for a combined research and communication project. The project, called FiSK (Fisk, børn Sundhed og Kognition, in English: fish, children, health and cognition), seeks to give children and their parents experiences with fish based on non-traditional and interactive methods.
As part of this project, the Fisheries and Maritime Museum hosted an event in relation to the nation-wide “Forskningens Døgn” (Day of Research) on April 26th, 2016. The purpose of the Day of Research is to spark the interest of children and adults alike in research and science. At the museum, the event’s aim was to communicate aspects of two particular fish, salmon and seatrout, to children between 10 and 12 years old. In order to do this in an interesting and non-traditional way, a diver fed bait to these fish in the large saltwater tank where they live among many other species.
For the young audience attending the event at the museum, the communication of the education and training behind the research is also relevant. Therefore volunteer commercial divers from MAP organized the dive – to feed the fish but also to explain to the school children a bit about their equipment and training, as well as the uses of a commercial diver certificate, which they obtained during their M.A. course.
Thanks to the organizers and dive safety team – Ida, Natasha, Kristian, and Adam.
– Ida Christine Jørgensen and Natasha Bani-Sadr