Pelagic Fisherman of the Year
To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to pelagic fishing. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities.
Lowrie Irvine (Antares LK419)
Lowrie was born and raised on the island of Whalsay, home to most of Shetland’s pelagic fleet, with a strong family tradition of fishing. With his partners he formed the Antares Fishing Company in 1973 and a succession of boats have borne the name since then. These boats, and the arrival of the latest Antares are a testament to Lowrie’s faith in, and personal commitment to, the fishing industry over many years, which now see him at the helm of a new pelagic trawler.
**This category has one shortlisted nominee, so voting was not required**