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.
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.
Andrew Bremner has been widely recognised as a leading seine-net skipper for nearly 40 years, during which time he has been a constant advocate for the Scottish fishing industry, taking every opportunity support local processors. Having quickly showed his potential as a young skipper, Andrew’s capabilities in the wheelhouse led to his family building two new seine-net boats in 1979 and 1983. The consistent success of these vessels led to Andrew taking delivery of the new Boy Andrew earlier this year. This decision was motivated by a strong desire to provide his young crew with opportunities, to support the local fishing infrastructure in Caithness, and the fact that he still enjoys fishing. During his long career Andrew has encountered difficult periods due to changes in fishing opportunities, but has always maintained a positive and encouraging attitude.
Dick has been involved in fisheries in various capacities for 40 years, including 20 years as chief executive of NIFPO, and represents his members’ interests in many committees and groups at EU, UK, national and regional levels. His knowledge and foresight are highly respected throughout the industry. Dick is a great advocate for the fishing community of Co Down.
Iain MacSween (OBE) has been a key figure in the UK fishing industry for the past 40 years. He has held many positions, his main role being chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation (1981-2015). He now serves as a director for the SFO and remains chairman for Seafood Scotland. Previously, he served on the Board of the Sea Fish Industry Authority, was president of the Pelagic RAC and director of Scotland Food and Drink.
Former skipper, Kenneth is now chairman of Clyde Fishermen’s Association, ensuring the best interests of its members are reflected in policy and practice. A great supporter of the Fishermen’s Mission, Kenneth raises a lot of money for this charity, as well as local centres on the Clyde.
Mike has been a fisherman/skipper and progressed onto fighting for the best interests of the fishing industry for many years, A dedicated professional, thoughtful leader and industry ambassador, no one can doubt his determination to ensure that the fishing industry is represented in the best possible way. He has been a great pioneer of proactive approaches to sustainability, and was very much to the fore in getting MSC accreditation for the main species caught by the Scottish fleet, as well as a range of technical measures needed to move the industry forward.