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 2017.
The result of this category will not be determined by public voting. Instead it will be determined by a panel of judges drawn from the fishing industry, using all supporting evidence provided through the nomination process.

SHORTLIST

Bridlington

Home to some 40 potting boats, the UK’s leading shellfish port achieved a record-breaking catch value of £9.5m in 2017, of which lobsters accounted for £5.9m and crabs £3m. Bridlington Harbour Commissioners took delivery of a purpose-built 25.4m dredger last year, to deepen the harbour, where three local companies run vivier-storage systems on the pier.

Brixham

Brixham continues to go from strength to strength, turning over £40m in 2017. Brixham Trawler Agents have invested £500,000 to further modernise market facilities, including a state-of-the-art machine to weigh cuttlefish much faster and more efficiently, and are looking to invest a further £1m to expand the market in line with Brixham’s increasing fleet.

Cullivoe

The nearest landing port to fishing grounds north of Shetland, with 250m of berthing up to 6m depth with excellent shelter. Following sustained investment, Cullivoe offers 24-hour facilities, including stores, bunkering, engineering services and ice, for boats to land fish directly into refrigerated lorries for delivery to fishmarkets in Shetland, or any other destination.

Fraserburgh

Home to a diverse fleet of demersal, pelagic and shellfish vessels, including inshore creel boats and modern twin-rig prawn trawlers, Fraserburgh established a new port value record of £45.6m in 2017. In addition to two refrigerated fishmarkets, the port’s 64m drydock and 6-berth ship hoist refit area attracts vessels from all parts of the UK.

Peterhead

A new port record annual catch of £195m was achieved in 2017. At the same time, work on the £51m North Harbour development, which by doubling the depth of water give all classes of whitefish boats 24/7 access to a new landing hub, continued to progress well.

The result of this category will not be determined by public voting. Instead it will be determined by a panel of judges drawn from the fishing industry, using all supporting evidence provided through the nomination process.

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