Awards Categories

We have 15 categories for the 2021 Fishing News Awards. Each one recognises excellence within an aspect of commercial fishing in the UK and/or Ireland from January-December 2020.

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Demersal Fisherman of the Year Product of the Year
Shellfish Fisherman of the Year New Boat of the Year – Demersal
U10 Fisherman of the Year New Boat of the Year – Pelagic
Indep. Fresh Fish Retailer of the Year New Boat of the Year – Shellfish
Processor of the Year Young Fisherman of the Year
Service Company of the Year Trainee Fisherman of the Year
The Sustainability Award Lifetime Achievement Award
Fishing Port of the Year

Categories

Demersal Fisherman of the Year

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to the demersal fishing industry in 2020. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities.

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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 2020. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities.

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U10 Fisherman of The Year

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to under U10 fishing in 2020. We are looking for an individual who has demonstrated skill, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to change in today’s industry.

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Young Fisherman of the Year

This category will reward a fisherman, aged 25 or under at the end of 2020, and based in the UK or Ireland, who has made a clear commitment to the fishing industry. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities.

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Trainee Fisherman of the Year

This award will recognise the most outstanding new entrant to complete a commercial fishing training course in 2020.
In particular, candidates will demonstrate consistently high levels of application, commitment, co-operation, determination, understanding of the fishing industry, practical skills and safety awareness.

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New Boat of the Year – Demersal

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new demersal fishing vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2020. All new demersal boats featured in Fishing News in 2020 will be included automatically.

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New Boat of the Year – Pelagic

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new pelagic fishing vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2020. All new pelagic boats featured in Fishing News in 2020 will be included automatically.

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New Boat of the Year – Shellfish

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new shellfish fishing vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2020. All new shellfish boats featured in Fishing News in 2020 will be included automatically.

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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 2020. 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.

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Fish Processor of the Year

This award recognises the UK or Irish fish processor that has shown outstanding support to the commercial fishing industry in 2020. In particular, we are looking for evidence of the use of industry best practice, technological innovation, and excellence of service.

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Service Company of the Year

This award will recognise a UK or Irish shore-based company that has provided outstanding service to the commercial fishing industry in 2020. Nominees could range from fueling and icing companies, to box provision, boatyards, chandleries, net-makers, auctions and vessel agents. We are looking for evidence of outstanding customer service.

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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 in every landing area, regardless of size, in 2020.

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The Sustainability Award

This award recognises and rewards outstanding innovation and achievement towards improving sustainability and environmental responsibility within the UK or Irish fishing industries in 2020.

Nominations: Entries are encouraged from both large-scale projects with major sustainability outcomes, and from small-scale projects that provide tangible improvements to address specific sustainability problems.

Criteria: The nominee must demonstrate a unique and innovative response to a clear and compelling environmental sustainability issue within the UK or Irish fishing industries. Applications must demonstrate that the project has gone above and beyond standard practice and provide evidence of its impact. All nominations will be considered on their merits; however, the panel will particularly be looking for projects that have influenced a significant change in behaviour and/or that have inspired broader community awareness and/or engagement. This category will be decided by a panel of industry judges.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

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

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Product of the Year

To be awarded to an innovative and exciting new product or product development that has brought demonstrable benefit to the fishing industry. We are looking for products from companies demonstrating original and ground-breaking innovations for the industry.

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