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AoS launches new schools resources

20th November 2014
AoS has launched new resources for schools ahead of World Fisheries Day on November 21. 
                  AoS director of development John Green said fishermen and fishing continues to provide a vital socio-economic lifeline for many people globally. 
                  “These attractive and engaging resources, written by teachers, will capture the reality of the lives of fishermen, individuals who are so important to our way of life but whom we know very little about,” he said. 
                  The resources were produced in association with Ten Ten Theatre, and are aimed at children in Key Stages 2 and 3. The material provides an insightful and candid look into the lives and work of fishermen and how AoS provides them with practical and pastoral support when needed. 
AoS has produced new schools resources on World Fisheries Day

                  AoS’ port chaplain in Blyth, Sunderland and Tyne, Paul Atkinson, is currently supporting two fishermen who were rescued after their trawler sank in the North Sea earlier this month. 
                  The men are from the vessel Ocean Way FR 349. The ship’s captain lost his life in the incident and two other crew members are still missing, presumed dead.
                  Besides providing practical and pastoral care to fishermen, AoS has also strongly condemned the growing problem of trafficking and exploitation in fishing. 
                  In a report this month, The Financial Times reported that last year, 3% of forced labour victims came from the fishing industry, though the real numbers could be much higher. The paper said victims most often come from Eastern Europe, Ghana and the Philippines. 
                  According to the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report 2014, the sector employs more than 58 million people worldwide. More than 25% of the world’s dietary protein is provided by fish and over 100 million metric tons of fish is consumed annually.
                 Our
new schools resources are available to download for free at www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/resources-schools 
                 The Vatican's 
Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, which coordinates the activities of AoS internationally, has also issued a message for World Fisheries Day which you can read here.