After a busy few weeks, the nominations for the Fishing News Awards 2018 have been collected and the shortlists drawn up for each of the categories.

Nine of the categories will be decided by the public, while the remaining four  – ‘Sustainability’, ‘Young Fisherman of the Year’, ‘Port of the Year’ and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ – will be decided by a panel of judges drawn from the fishing industry. The summaries for each shortlisted nominee are edited versions of the supporting information received with the nominations. You may only vote once per category, and the voting closes at midnight on 27 April.

The winners will be announced and receive their awards at a presentation evening, held at the Hilton Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen on May 24, the evening before the opening of the Skipper Int Expo. The evening will be hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay, and includes a drinks reception, followed by a three-course meal with wine, exclusive live entertainment from Fred, and the awards presentation itself.

So now it’s over to you.

The shortlisted nominees for each category are listed below. To read more about each one, and to place your votes, just go to our Awards page here.

DEMERSAL FISHERMAN OF THE YEAR
Peter Bruce Budding Rose PD 418
James Corbett Sparkling Star UL 290
Alan Dwan Ajax PZ 36
Ivan Garriock Valhalla LK 687
Ryan McRobbie Karen Ann II FR 559

PELAGIC FISHERMAN OF THE YEAR
Davie Hutchison Charisma LK 362

SHELLFISH FISHERMAN OF THE YEAR
Damian Chapman Amadeus TH 7
Ian Fletcher  Rois Mhairi OB 45
James Spencer  Sylvia Bowers DS 8
Alan Steer Superb Us DH 99
Dominic Welsh  J-Sea E 333

FISH PROCESSOR OF THE YEAR
Flatfish Grimsby
Lunar  Peterhead
More Seafoods Brixham

INDEPENDENT FRESH FISH RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Fish on the Quay Exmouth
Fresh from the Boat Emsworth
Hughes’ Fish Company West Mersea
Latimer’s Seafood Deli Whitburn
World of Fish Lowestoft

THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
Alan Dwan, skipper Ajax PZ 36 –
MSC Accreditation SW hake fishery
Fishing into the Future – ‘Fisheries Resource Education Programme’
Project UK Fisheries Improvements Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)
Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group (SFSAG)
North Sea Cod MSC accreditation
West Herring survey

COASTAL FISH RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Cafe Môr South Pembrokeshire
Crab House Café  Wyke Regis
Cromars St Andrew’s
Latimer’s Seafood Whitburn
Magpie Café Whitby
No. 7 Fish Bistro Torquay
Rockfish Dartmouth
The Idle Rocks St Mawes
The Old Boathouse Amble
The Seahorse Dartmouth

TECHNICAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
Gyro stabiliser/Soph-Ash-Jay-2 John Affleck
Selective net grid Phillip Reid

TRAINEE OF THE YEAR
Harry Forsyth  Kirkella H 7 – Scottish Maritime Academy
Jonathon Garrett Our Lass III WY 261 – Whitby & District Fishing Industry Training School
Lee Odie  Mizpah LK 173 –NAFC Marine Centre

PORT OF THE YEAR
Bridlington
Brixham
Cullivoe
Fraserburgh
Peterhead

BOAT OF THE YEAR
ÁINE SO 734
Asteria BRD 250
Alannah Riley S 40
Boy Andrew WK 170
CFL Hunter FK 1601
Daystar FR 86
Diligent Jo LT 1045
Faithlie FR 220
Grateful FR 249
Henk Senior LH 356
Keila K 121
Kindred Spirit LT 1048
Manx Shearwater DO 118
Onward WD 311
Pathway PD 165
Soph-Ash-Jay-2 LH 60
Sparkling Star UL 290
Steadfast Hope BF 340
Venture III BF 326
Victory Rose WY 34
Voyager N 905

YOUNG FISHERMAN OF THE YEAR
Josh Buchan  Josh Rose BF 22
Ryan Corbett Sparkling Star UL 290
Dean Cowie Reliant CY 799
Ben Irvine  Opportune LK 209
Haydn McLeod  Forever Faithful PD 289
Jack Sanderson Perseverance II H 11

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
John W Buchan Peterhead
Arnold Locker Whitby
Kenny McNab Tarbert
Denys Pascoe Newlyn
Graham Perkes Brixham

 

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