What is the ARC?
The Aquaculture Remote Classroom (ARC) is a mobile classroom which has been designed to raise young people’s awareness of aquaculture. Aquaculture is the farming of plants and animals in the water. Although almost all of us have seen and understand farming on the land, not many people are aware that we also farm plants and animals in the water.
A Classroom on Wheels
Yes, the ARC is literally a truck- sized classroom. The ARC travels all around Ireland, visiting primary schools and sharing all that aquaculture has to offer. The ARC is completely funded through the EU and so is free for primary schools.
Farmed in the EU
Bord Iascaigh Mhara has developed the ARC as part of a European wide campaign called #FarmedintheEU. Although this project has been carried out in 10 other EU countries, Ireland is the only one that has developed a mobile classroom. Farmed in the EU aims to highlight the benefits of aquaculture in supplying sustainable seafood for the growing population, creating employment and helping sustain coastal communities in Ireland and all over the world.