Awards Categories

Each category for the 2018 Fishing News Awards recognises excellence within an aspect of commercial fishing in the UK and/or Ireland from January-December 2017.

Click on the quick links below for category details

Demersal Fisherman of the Year Sustainability Award
Pelagic Fisherman of the Year Fishing Port of the Year
Shellfish Fisherman of the Year New Boat of the Year
Fish Processor of the Year Trainee Fisherman of the Year
Indep. Fresh Fish Retailer of the Year Young Fisherman of the Year
Technical Innovation of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award
Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year

Categories

Demersal Fisherman of the Year sponsored by Peterhead Port Authority

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to the demersal fishing industry in 2017. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Pelagic Fisherman of the Year

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to pelagic fishing in 2017. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Shellfish Fisherman of the Year

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to shellfish fishing in 2017. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Fish Processor of the Year

This award recognises the UK or Irish fish processor that has shown outstanding support for the commercial fishing industry in 2017. In particular, we are looking for evidence of the use of industry best practice, technological innovation, and excellence of service.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Independent Fresh Fish Retailer of the Year

This award recognises local UK or Irish fresh fish retailers who have shown continued support for the commercial fishing industry in their community, trading from a shop, market stall or travelling van in 2017. Nominees will demonstrate a focus on supporting locally-landed fish, with a good range of species on offer, encouraging consumers to experience some varieties that are more usually exported, and others which deserve to be more popular. Please note this category is not open to national supermarket chains.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Technical Innovation of the Year sponsored by Box Pool Solutions

This category is for equipment manufacturers who have launched a new product for an aspect of commercial fishing in 2017, demonstrating technical innovation and improving the day-to day business of fishermen. Describe a product launched between January and December 2017, that demonstrates genuine innovation, eg in safety equipment, fishing gear, technical support, etc.

Supporting evidence:

1) Describe the benefits of the product (measurable where possible) and how it improves the day-to-day business of fishermen

2) Give examples and testimonials for the product in operation, and any figures relating to sales or performance where appropriate

All product information will be treated in confidence and will not be published or circulated beyond the judging panel.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Coast Magazine

This award recognises UK or Irish coastal fish restaurants that have shown outstanding support for the commercial fishing industry in their local area in 2017. Nominees will demonstrate a focus on locally-landed fish and a menu that incorporates a good range of species, encouraging diners to experience some varieties that are more commonly exported, and others which deserve to be more popular.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Sustainability Award sponsored by The Fishmongers’ Company 

This award recognises and rewards outstanding innovation and achievement towards improving sustainability and environmental responsibility within the UK fishing industry.

Nominations can be made for individuals (such as skippers, fishers, gear manufacturers, fish processors, retailers, academics, entrepreneurs, etc), organisations, companies or other bodies working in the UK seafood industry.

The nominee must demonstrate that during 2017, they made an outstanding contribution to improving sustainable practices within the UK fishing industry through advocacy or innovation.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

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.

Please describe the amenities and services available at your port, such as mooring, berthing and icing facilities, supplies and agents.

Outline your long-term strategy emphasising future growth targets, development and long- term commitment to the commercial fishing industry.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

New Boat of the Year

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new commercial fishing vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2017.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Trainee Fisherman of the Year sponsored by Sunderland Marine Insurance

This award will recognise the most outstanding new entrant to complete a commercial fishing training course in 2017.

In particular, candidates will demonstrate consistently high levels of application, commitment, co-operation, determination, understanding of the fishing industry, practical skills and safety awareness.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Young Fisherman of the Year sponsored by Seafish

This category will reward a fisherman, under 25 years old and based in the UK or Ireland, who has made a clear commitment to their fishing industry. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities.

This person must be a seagoing fisherman, based in the UK or Ireland, and under 25 years old at the end of 2017.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

To be awarded to an individual who, throughout their career, has been a true champion of UK or Irish commercial fishing.

To see the shortlist for this category, click here

 

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