Awards Sponsors

The 2021 Fishing News Awards would not be possible without the generous support of our valued sponsors and supporters.

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 is 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’.


Seafish is here to give the UK seafood sector the support it needs to thrive.

We’re a non-departmental public body (NDPB) set up by the Fisheries Act 1981. Our sponsors are the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish devolved administrations.

Using our unique, non-competitive position, we work in partnership with businesses, Government and organisations to overcome challenges and seize opportunities.

Funded by a levy on the first sale of seafood in the UK, our work makes a huge difference. It keeps fishermen safe, supports sustainable sourcing, helps businesses work efficiently, and boosts the nation’s health. We tackle everything from research to campaigns, insights to training – whatever we can do to give our industry the support it needs. Visit our website or follow us on Twitter @seafishUK and LinkedIn.

Sunderland Marine Insurance Company

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.

Follow us on: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Safety Partner: Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG)

The Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG) is a group of stakeholders aiming to make commercial fishing safer. The group’s vision is zero preventable deaths and accidents on board fishing vessels in the UK. FISG’s Home and Dry campaign aims to connect and engage with fishermen on the issues of staying safe at sea now that the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (ILO 188) is in force.

Recently, the campaign has focused on preventing man overboard incidents and encouraging people to three simple steps to reduce the risk of death from falling overboard:

1. Complete a written risk assessment and review it regularly

2. Practise man-overboard drills regularly.

3. Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) on deck in case the worst happens.

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