Fishing Port of the Year

This award benchmarks good practice, and recognises 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. Amenities and services, historical and forecast throughput, and long-term strategy are all important factors.

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Ardveenish, North Bay

The new £1.6m Ardveenish harbour addresses the need for improved sheltered berthing in the area for the long-term benefits of the local fishing fleet. With an additional 90m of secure berthing now available, and the strengthening of the relationship with Barratlantic, which provided the land for the development, there are now 11 boats now working out of Barra, which is a huge achievement for a small island. There has been significant investment in the fleet in recent years, particularly trawlers, demonstrating positivity about the long-term future of the industry in the area. “Things are looking up and let’s hope that in years to come we’ll see more boats coming in, securing more jobs on the island and at sea.”

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Brixham offers a comprehensive range of services, with fuel, ice, lubes, oil, engineers, divers, gear supplies, transport and painting all on-site. Brixham Trawler Agents services the industry, guaranteeing payment from boat to bank within 24 hours, and during 2016 saw several weeks with over £1m turnovers. During 2016, the port went from strength to strength, and will continue to invest and grow for the benefit of the industry. Currently in the pipeline is a new cuttlefish machine. Its fish offer quality, diversity, sustainability and boost coastal fish dining in the area.

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Milford Haven

Milford Fish Docks offers an excellent range of facilities and amenities, including landing berths and fish landing platforms, a 180m dry dock, an ice plant, handling/lifting vehicles and skilled operatives, to name a few. And the port has not been resting on its laurels. A new chill store, a box washing unit, additional office space and storage units have recently been introduced to enable the port to open up new opportunities within the commercial fishing industry. Sizeable investment in four food-grade units has already encouraged the return of fish processing to the Docks. Looking ahead, Milford Fish Docks will continue to enhance its facilities, while looking to diversify into related sectors.

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With a total catch value of £183.3m for 2016, Peterhead established a new port record to further strengthen its position as the leading fishing port in Britain and Europe. Work on the construction of a £50m North Harbour development is progressing well and includes a new dedicated whitefish landing hub and extensive deepening of the North Harbour. This will bring major long-term benefits to Peterhead, including maximum levels of service facilities and catch quality. By increasing market capacity by 50% and doubling the depth of water currently available in the North Harbour, the flagship development has been designed to fully address the dual need for fishing vessel deep-water and a larger whitefish market to accommodate same-day sales.

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In addition to shore-side support that includes large net-mending areas, fuel, fresh water, transport, repairs, stores and ice, whitefish landed into the sheltered port of Scalloway is sold remotely and electronically by Shetland Seafood Auctions. The fish market is due to be rebuilt and extended as part of a £3m development to modernise the building to cope with increased activity. With more fish being landed now, by local as well as visiting whitefish vessels, than in the previous 20 years, this level of investment in the long-term future of the local fleet is very positive.

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