NOMINATIONS have opened for the UK fishing industry’s annual awards, which will be announced in May next year.
The Fishing News Awards 2018 are calling on the public to nominate fishermen, ports, retailers and businesses in categories across all aspects of commercial fishing to celebrate the commitment, skills and innovation of those who have excelled in 2017.
Nominations will close on Tuesday, February 13, and the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 24, in Aberdeen, hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay.
The awards will recognise excellence across categories that include ‘Young Fisherman of the Year’, ‘Fishing Port of the Year’, ‘Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year’ and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.
Winners in 2017 included the port of Brixham which defended its title of ‘Port of the Year’ and the Old Boat House at Amble, named ‘Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year’.
The coveted ‘Young Fisherman of the Year’ award was shared between 17-year-old Jordan Harrison, from Bridlington in Yorkshire, and 23-year-old Alexander West, from Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire.
David Linkie, editor of Fishing News, said: ‘The UK fishing industry lands almost £1billion worth of seafood each year, so it’s important that we recognise those who go to great lengths – in very challenging conditions – to provide us with such fantastic produce.
‘The Fishing News Awards recognise not only the efforts and successes of hard working fishermen, but also the best ports, coastal fish restaurants, processors, seafood retailers and much more.
‘This industry demonstrates skill, bravery, innovation and adaptability on a daily basis. Yet its people are often modest and disinclined to shout about their achievements.
‘For this reason, we invite nominations from anyone who knows of a deserving candidate in any category, particularly from their peers and colleagues.’
The 2018 awards see two new categories introduced – the ‘Trainee Fisherman of the Year Award’, which will recognise the most outstanding new entrant to complete a commercial fishing training course in 2017, and ‘The Sustainability Award’, which will reward outstanding innovation and achievement towards improving sustainability within the UK fishing industry.
To see the full list of categories and to submit a nomination for the Fishing News Awards, visit www.fishingnews.co.uk/awards.
Picture: Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners Dick James (second left) and Andrew Bremner (right) with Fishing News editor David Linkie (first left) and host Rory Bremner