Awards sponsors

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

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Sunderland Marine Insurance

Established in 1882, Sunderland Marine Insurance Company Ltd has been providing marine insurance for over 130 years. Sunderland Marine’s highly qualified and knowledgeable teams of underwriters, surveyors and claims staff ensure that clients are provided with high levels of service and comprehensive insurance policies.

Sunderland Marine is also at the forefront of promoting safety at sea and regularly contributes to and sponsors training programmes in the UK and overseas.

We are able to offer a full package to our clients to provide for their marine insurance needs. Sunderland Marine covers a wide range of insurances including Hull & Machinery, P&I, Personal Accident and Aquaculture.

Our experienced team of P&I claims handlers are also supported by a worldwide network of legal and adjusting professionals to give the very best service at times of need.

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Box Pool Solutions

Box Pool Solutions (BPS) began trading in 2005 and has progressed since then to become the number one box provider in Scotland.  BPS was created by the fishing industry for the fishing Industry; our shareholders represent every area of the seafood business.

Renowned for our quality of service and focus on customer satisfaction BPS has very much become an acronym for commitment and consistency, our guarantee to detail and customer satisfaction is the understated element of our business model.

With established distribution points across all the major Scottish ports and the north east of England BPS have recently expanded operations to Hanstholm  on the  north coast of Denmark, which makes us a truly international set-up.

BPS is committed to the fishing industry now and for the years ahead, we support an industry that very much supports us.


Gael Force

We are the fastest growing marine equipment supplier in the UK, stocking one of the widest ranges of leisure boating, commercial fishing and aquaculture products available anywhere in the land. We are constantly sourcing, developing and assessing new products. We pride ourselves in giving each and every one of our customers a polite and attentive customer care experience… don’t believe us? Check out what our customers say about us here!

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Peterhead Port Authority

We are proud of our heritage as the UK’s largest white fish and pelagic (mackerel and herring) port and are building on our reputation as a traditional centre of excellence for both fishing fleets by providing a full range of constantly updated modern quayside services including on-site fish market, ice and water plants, fuel supplies, and ship repair and maintenance at our slipway, syncrolift and dry dock.


As a well-known and major supplier to key newbuild and ship design projects within the fishing industry, Wärtsilä is proud to sponsor the Fishing News Awards 2017, and the category ‘Pelagic Fisherman of the Year’.

As a business providing safe and efficient pelagic vessel designs, and as a supplier of reliable and efficient main propulsion plant and systems, and related auxiliary power generation, we are pleased to play our active part in supporting the individual fishing businesses and the sector as whole, with advanced engineering powering solutions and vessel design.

Carisma (UK) Ltd

Carisma (UK) Ltd are delighted to be able to support the Fishing News Awards.

As a former winner and judge of the awards we believe it is vitally important to encourage the next generation of fishermen into the industry.

The opportunities and optimism within the industry at present bodes well for the future especially if we receive the support we deserve from government.

To follow a career in fishing is the first step on a ladder to being part of the great British fishing industry that has a sustainable future that fishermen care about.

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Acceleris Creative Communications

Acceleris is a multi-award winning strategic communications agency based in London and the North of England with experience of delivering both UK and pan-European campaigns for the maritime sector.

We work for trade bodies, fishing companies, producers and retailers and have been long-time advocates for the fishing sector in the UK and Europe, promoting the work of industry bodies such as the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) and Europeche to present a positive face for the industry.

Acceleris won the prestigious European Excellence Award for ‘Issues and Reputation Management’ twice in the last three years for its work promoting the industry in the UK and across Europe, cementing its reputation as one of the industry’s leading maritime communications experts.

To talk about how Acceleris can help you, contact Managing Director Louise Vaughan on 0845 4567251. Email:


Coast magazine is dedicated to celebrating the great British seaside – its landscape, its history, its attractions and its communities. Appealing to those living a coastal lifestyle and aspiring city-dwellers alike, Coast captures our love for Britain’s beautiful shores. Discover the best coastal wildlife hotspots around the British Isles as well as secret beaches and hidden coves. Whether you are looking for ideas for a quick weekend getaway, recipes to cook the perfect fish supper, or sourcing essential outdoor kit, you’ll find the answer in Coast.

The Fishermen’s Mission

The Fishermen’s Mission is the only fishermen’s charity to provide emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care. It helps all fishermen, active or retired, and their families. Whether you have been in an accident, are taken ill, face poverty, are bereaved, or simply need someone to talk to, the Fishermen’s Mission is there for you and your family.

Fishing News

The voice of the industry since 1913, Fishing News brings you the latest news from the fishing industry, from details of policy changes and politics, to quotas and more. The weekly content also includes comments and opinions, letters from the community, coverage of fishing events, expos and trawl races. In addition, Fishing News provides buyers guides, classified ads, public notices, nostalgia from the archives and the latest ports and prices.