Awards Categories

The 2017 Fishing News Awards consists of 12 categories. Each category recognises excellence within an aspect of commercial fishing in the UK and/or Ireland from January-December 2016.

Click on the quick links below for category details

Demersal Fisherman of the Year Fish Processor of the Year
Pelagic Fisherman of the Year Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year
Shellfish Fisherman of the Year Fishing Port of the Year
Contribution to Safety Award New Boat of the Year
Technical Innovation of the Year Young Fisherman of the Year
Indep. Fresh Fish Retailer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award

Categories

Demersal Fisherman of the Year

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to demersal fishing in 2016. Examples of the nominee’s determination to succeed, skills, leadership, and ability to adapt to the ever-changing demands of today’s industry will be advantageous.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote, click here

 

Pelagic Fisherman of the Year

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to pelagic fishing in 2016. Examples of the nominee’s determination to succeed, skills, leadership, and ability to adapt to the ever-changing demands of today’s industry will be advantageous.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote, click here

 

Shellfish Fisherman of the Year sponsored by Gael Force

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to shellfish fishing in 2016. Examples of the nominee’s determination to succeed, skills, leadership, and ability to adapt to the ever-changing demands of today’s industry will be advantageous.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote, click here

 

Contribution to Safety Award sponsored by Sunderland Marine Insurance

This award will recognise either:

  1. a) A UK- or Ireland-based skipper/owner who continually implements the full range of MCA regulatory recommendations and requirements on a vessel and has encouraged a crew to go an extra step in adopting safe working practices at all times in 2016

OR

  1. b) A product, idea or ‘issue-specific’ campaign launched between January and December 2016, that has significantly improved the safety of UK or Irish fishermen in their day-to-day business

OR

  1. c) An organisation that has consistently delivered an outstanding level of safety training to the UK or Irish commercial fishing industry in 2016

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote, click here

 

Technical Innovation of the Year sponsored by Box Pool Solutions

Open to any company producing equipment for any aspect of UK or Irish commercial fishing in 2016.

Criteria:

Describe a product launched between January and December 2016, that demonstrates genuine innovation, eg in safety equipment, fishing gear, technical support, etc.

Supporting evidence:

1) Describe the benefits of the product (measurable where possible) and how it improves the day-to-day business of fishermen

2) Give examples and testimonials for the product in operation, and any figures relating to sales or performance where appropriate

All product information will be treated in confidence and will not be published or circulated beyond the judging panel.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote, click here

 

Independent Fresh Fish Retailer of the Year

This new award recognises local UK or Irish fresh fish retailers that showed continued support to the commercial fishing industry in their community, trading from a shop, market stall or travelling van in 2016. Nominees will demonstrate a focus on supporting locally-landed fish, with a good range of species on offer; encouraging consumers to experience some varieties that are more usually exported, and others which deserve to be more popular. Please note this category is not open to national supermarket chains.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlists and to vote, click here

 

Fish Processor of the Year

This award recognises the UK or Irish fish processor that has shown outstanding support to the commercial fishing industry in 2016. In particular, we are looking for evidence of the use of industry best practice, technological innovation, and excellence of service.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote click here

 

Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Coast Magazine

This award recognises UK or Irish fish restaurants that have shown outstanding support for the commercial fishing industry in their local area in 2016. Nominees will demonstrate a focus on locally-landed fish and a menu that incorporates a good range of species; encouraging diners to experience some varieties that are more commonly exported, and others which deserve to be more popular.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote click here

 

Fishing Port of the Year

This award benchmarks good practice, recognising excellence in service and amenities found not only in the major ports and harbours throughout the UK and Ireland, but every landing area, regardless of size, in 2016.

Supporting evidence:

1) Outline annual throughput for 2015, 2016 and forecast 2017, for all types of seafood, showing percentage growth/decline.

2) Describe the amenities and services available at the port, such as mooring, berthing and icing facilities, supplies and agents

3) Outline the long-term strategy, emphasising future growth targets, development and long-term commitment to the commercial fishing industry

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote click here

 

New Boat of the Year

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new commercial fishing vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2016.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote click here

 

Young Fisherman of the Year

To be awarded to a fisherman (under 25) who has made a clear commitment to their fishing industry in 2016. Examples of the nominee’s determination to succeed, skills, leadership, and ability to adapt to the ever-changing demands of today’s industry will be advantageous.

Criteria:

This person must be a seagoing fisherman, under 25, and based in the UK or Ireland.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote click here

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

To be awarded to an individual who has clearly demonstrated their commitment to the industry during their career. This person should be a true champion of UK or Irish commercial fishing, whether locally, regionally or nationally.

Nominations are closed. To see the shortlist and to vote click here

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