Awards Sponsors

The 2020 Fishing News Awards would not be possible without the generous support of our valued sponsors and supporters.

Sunderland Marine Insurance

Established in 1882, Sunderland Marine Insurance Company Ltd has been providing marine insurance for over 130 years. Sunderland Marine’s highly qualified and knowledgeable teams of underwriters, surveyors and claims staff ensure that clients are provided with high levels of service and comprehensive insurance policies.

Sunderland Marine is also at the forefront of promoting safety at sea and regularly contributes to and sponsors training programmes in the UK and overseas.

We are able to offer a full package to our clients to provide for their marine insurance needs. Sunderland Marine covers a wide range of insurances including Hull & Machinery, P&I, Personal Accident and Aquaculture.

Our experienced team of P&I claims handlers are also supported by a worldwide network of legal and adjusting professionals to give the very best service at times of need.

The Scottish White Fish Producers Association Ltd (SWFPA)

Formed in 1943, the SWFPA is the largest fishing association in Scotland. Representing around 260 vessels and 1,400 fishermen, our members contribute £200 million to Scotland’s economy. We are the voice of our members and collate their messages to inform policymakers and other relevant industry figures.

We judge our industry’s wealth, not only by its income, but also by the health of its resources and the well-being of those that work within the sector.

Our goal is to create and maintain a resilient seafood sector; to help our members  invest and plan with confidence. Our members are progressive and at the forefront of innovation.

We deliver our strategy  by listening to and engaging with those who operate within the sector to ensure their welfare and wellbeing are protected.

The SWFPA are sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020.

The Fishmongers' Company's Fisheries Charitable Trust

Many readers will have visited the grand and historic Fishmongers’ Hall next to London Bridge in the heart of London. Fishmongers’ Hall is owned by The Fishmongers’ Company, which is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London.

For over 700 years, The Fishmongers’ Company has upheld standards in the trading of fish and shellfish, and supported the fisheries industry. The aim of the company today is to promote a healthy, prosperous and sustainable fish and fisheries sector for the longterm benefit of the United Kingdom.

In order to recognise the huge steps already taken by the British fishing industry in making the industry more sustainable, and to encourage further innovation and achievement in this respect, the company has decided to sponsor an annual ‘Sustainability Award’.

Peterhead Port Authority

Peterhead is one of the UK’s most versatile ports, providing exceptional all-weather, congestion-free deepwater berthing facilities at depths of up to 14 metres and serving a broad range of industries including oil and gas, renewables, fishing and leisure.

We are proud of our heritage as the UK’s largest white fish and pelagic (mackerel and herring) port and are building on our reputation as a traditional centre of excellence for both fishing fleets by providing a full range of constantly updated modern quayside services including on-site fish market, ice and water plants, fuel supplies, and ship repair and maintenance at our slipway, syncrolift and dry dock.

Peterhead Port Authority is sponsoring the Shellfish Fisherman of the Year Award at the 2020 Fishing News Awards.

Seafish logo


Seafish was founded in 1981 by an Act of Parliament and aims to support all sectors of the seafood industry for a sustainable, profitable and socially responsible future.

It is the only pan-industry body offering services to all parts of the industry, from the start of the supply chain at catching and aquaculture; through processing, importers, exporters and distributors of seafood right through to restaurants and retailers.

Funded by a levy on the first sale of seafood landed in the UK, Seafish offers a range of services to support the seafood industry.

These include technical research and development, responsible sourcing initiatives, economic consulting, market research, industry accreditation, safety training for fishermen and legislative advice.


WASSP Multibeam

This small New Zealand electronics company has become a global giant by helping fishermen to find their catch quickly and efficiently, and map their fishing grounds.

Multibeam sounder manufacturer WASSP Multibeam is wholly owned by ENL Group, New Zealand’s leading marine electronics company.

Founded in 1945, and now with 75 years of experience, ENL Group has earned a solid reputation for outstanding service, innovation and supply of quality marine electronic products worldwide.

ENL’s presence in the global market – particularly with its development of WASSP Multibeam – was so strong that WASSP Multibeam joined forces with the global marine electronics giant.

While its head office is in New Zealand, at the heart of the South Pacific fishing industry, ENL Group & WASSP has also established an office in Maldon, Essex, meaning its world-leading expertise is at the fingertips of the European commercial fishing industry

Find out more about WASSP and it’s applications at

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF)

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation are kindly sponsoring the drinks reception at the Fishing News Awards ceremony on the evening of May 14th 2020.