Join us on 12 May at the Chester Hotel, Aberdeen for the 2022 Fishing News Awards!
We have 10 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.
Over 10-m Fisherman of the Year
To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based demersal, pelagic or shellfish fisherman, working in the over-10m sector, who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry in 2021. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are among the qualities we will be looking for in the shortlisted candidates.
Under 10-m Fisherman of the Year
To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman in the under-10m sector who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the industry in 2021. We are looking for an individual who has demonstrated skill, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to change.
Young Fisherman of the Year
This category will recognise a fisherman, under 30 years of age on 31 December, 2021, and based in the UK or Ireland, who has demonstrated outstanding skill, commitment and determination to succeed in the industry.
Trainee Fisherman of the Year
This award will recognise the most outstanding new entrant to complete a commercial fishing training course in 2021, who has demonstrated consistently high levels of application, commitment, understanding of the industry, practical skills and safety awareness.
Boat of the Year
This award celebrates innovation and excellence in the build and facilities of a new demersal, pelagic or shellfish vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2021. All new boats featured in Fishing News in 2021 will be included automatically in this category.
Service Provider Of The Year
This new category will recognise a UK or Irish company, person or organisation that has provided an outstanding service to the fishing industry in 2021. Nominees could include boatyards, chandleries, net- makers, auctions and vessel agents, as well as people and organisations who have gone above and beyond in providing a service to the industry.
Product of the Year
This award will recognise an innovative and exciting new product or product development that has brought demonstrable benefit to the fishing industry in 2021. We are looking for products or developments that demonstrate original and ground-breaking innovations for the industry.
Port of the Year
This award benchmarks best practice at fishing ports, harbours and landing areas of all sizes throughout the UK and Ireland in 2021, recognising excellence in services and amenities for the industry.
The Sustainability Award
This award recognises innovation and achievement in improving sustainability and environmental responsibility within the UK or Irish fishing industries in 2021. Entries are encouraged from both large-scale projects with major sustainability outcomes, and small-scale projects that provide tangible improvements addressing specific sustainability problems. Nominations must demonstrate a unique and innovative response to an environmental sustainability issue within the UK or Irish industry, demonstrate that the project has gone above and beyond standard practice, and provide evidence of its impact. The judges will particularly be looking for projects that have influenced a significant change in behaviour and/or that have inspired broader awareness and/or engagement.
This category will be decided by a panel of industry judges.
Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association
To be awarded to an individual who, throughout their career, has been a true champion of UK or Irish commercial fishing. This award will be decided by a panel of industry judges.