The Fishing News 2017 Awards programme celebrates the hard work, ingenuity, and successes of the UK and Irish commercial fishing industries in 2016.

As increasing numbers of people eat fish as a staple part of their diet, it’s important that they gain a greater awareness of the skills, dedication, and often courage that goes into catching what finally appears on their tables. These Awards are part of Fishing News’ commitment to helping to raise awareness beyond the fishing industry itself.

2016 confirmed something that we already knew – that this industry is full of talented and resilient people who work incredibly hard to achieve great things – often against great odds.

The nominees short-listed in this year’s categories represent geographical areas across the UK and Ireland, a wide range of age groups, and each link of the fish catching and processing chain.

This year we have seen significant growth in both nominations and votes, and a well-attended Awards ceremony in Aberdeen on May 25th, which is obviously encouraging for us and, we hope, for you, as these are very much your awards as well.

To see the full list of 2017 winners and finalists for each category, click here.

The 2017 Fishing News Awards would not be possible without the generous support of our valued sponsors and supporters.