A north-east aquarium renowned for its array of marine life is cooking up a storm by offering fish not just in the tank – but on the menu too.
For one weekend in September, Macduff Marine Aquarium will celebrate fish in a different way by hosting a seafood cooking challenge.
Children aged between 12-17 have been invited to submit a recipe for fish pie using locally sourced and sustainable produce.
Entries will be judged by professional chefs and organisers hope the event will shine a light on the importance of sustainable fishing.
Last night the aquarium’s manager Claire Matthews said: “It’s a bit of a strange one but we are trying to promote sensible seafood choices. People eat fish, we have to accept that.
“It’s about trying to help fish stocks by promoting sustainable choices. It’s not at all counter to what we’re doing. Local seafood is one of Scotland’s top products.
“As long as no one thinks we’re going to cook and it the fish from our own tanks.”
All the entries will be seen by a panel of judges from the food industry who will choose five finalists to compete in a cook off outside the visitor centre on Saturday September 12.
The contestants will have an hour to assemble and cook their pies for presenting to the judges for the all-important tasting.
For details of how to enter see www.macduff-aquarium.org.uk or the aquarium’s Facebook page. Closing date for entries is August 28.