Awards Sponsors

The 2022 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.

Peterhead Port Authority

We are proud of our heritage as the UK’s largest white fish and pelagic (mackerel and herring) port, handling £195m worth of product in 2021, including a record value of shellfish. Peterhead has built its reputation as a centre of excellence for the fishing fleet by providing a full range of modern quayside services including landing and auctioning at one of the most modern and efficient fish markets in Europe which carries the highest BRCGS AA accreditations. Along with this the port provides shore power through renewable energy, waste handling, fresh water, fuelling and multiple ship repair and maintenance opportunities  at our syncrolift, slipway and dry dock facilities, which are backed by an extremely competent and competitive supply chain of local contractors.

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 fishing, energy, renewables and leisure.

Peterhead Port Authority is sponsoring the Over 10m Fisherman Of The Year 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.

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is a democratically constituted industry group set up in 1973 and its key aims are:

  • Promoting and protecting the collective interests of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Constituent Associations.
  • Supporting production of healthy and sustainable wild-caught seafood, ensuring a sustainable future for the industry and our marine environment.
  • Advancing the reputation of fishing by championing responsible practice in meeting a growing demand for healthy, climate-smart food.
  • Improving fishing safety through supporting and promoting professional standards of training and compliance with safety standards.
  • Showing fishing as a positive career choice – one with a viable and positive future.

We have eight Constituent Associations within the Federation, with over 400 vessels within their membership, representing a wide range of fishing businesses, both inshore and offshore and catching a wide range of fish and shellfish species.

Sunderland Marine

Your Insurer of Choice. As market-leading experts in providing insurance for fishing, coastal and other specialist vessels, you can trust our dedicated team to provide the right support and guidance when you need it most.

For 140 years we have prided ourselves on delivering expert and personal service to our clients. We are also committed to supporting safety and training initiatives whenever possible and understand the importance of bringing new trainees into the fishing industry, as well as equipping them with the right skills to build successful and rewarding careers.

Sunderland Marine is proud to sponsor the Trainee Fisherman of the Year category and the future of the UK fishing industry.

The Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust

The Fishmongers’ Company has upheld standards in the trading of fish and shellfish, and supported the fisheries industry, for over 700 years, and aims to promote a ‘healthy, prosperous and sustainable fish and fisheries sector for the long-term 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 the annual Sustainability Award,” the company says.

“The Fishmongers’ Company works to build and safeguard a prosperous and sustainable fishing industry, for the benefit of those engaged in it, the environment and our island nation,” it adds. “As part of this, we think it’s important to recognise and reward projects that are at the forefront of improving sustainability in the fishing industry, continuing to provide the incredible range of seafood the UK and Ireland has to offer, whilst protecting the long-term health of our fisheries, for the benefit of our marine ecosystems and the coastal communities that rely on them.”

Follow The Fishmongers’ Company at @fishmongersco on Twitter. You can also find it on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, or visit its website for more information:


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.

Follow the campaign on Facebook and on Instagram.

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