Trainee Fisherman of the Year

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This award will recognise the most outstanding new entrant to complete a commercial fishing training course in 2017. In particular, candidates will demonstrate consistently high levels of application, commitment, co-operation, determination, understanding of the fishing industry, practical skills and safety awareness.


Harry Forsyth, Kirkella H 7, Scottish Maritime Academy

Harry left school at 16 and became an apprentice joiner, which he did not enjoy. His girlfriend’s father has a fishing boat in Banff, and Harry was very interested in learning more about the fishing industry. He enrolled on a 12-week trainee deckhand course in 2017, and was extremely keen and enthusiastic, excelling at both the practical and classroom-based components, outshining peers from fishing backgrounds.

Following interview, he secured a trainee deckhand position on the Kirkella freezer trawler, and, although very different to the small boat in Banff, he is enjoying the challenge and coping well with the time at sea.

Jonathon Garrett, Our Lass III WY 261,Whitby & District Fishing Industry Training School

Jonathon started a 12-month apprenticeship in Maritime Studies in 2015. He was very determined and his enthusiasm and genuine passion made him stand out. Jonathon constantly demonstrated all-round excellence, achieving a remarkable 91% pass. He was assigned to Whitby potting boat K2, and then to Emulate, where his ‘can do’ attitude and willingness to learn gained him a great reputation as reliable and hardworking.

He received the ‘Apprentice of the Year Award – Sea Fishing’, passed his apprenticeship and Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies, and has undertaken his STCW95 Basic Safety courses. He is currently a deckhand with Lockers Trawlers onboard Victory Rose, and has enrolled onto the next available under-16.5m skippers course.

Lee Odie, Mizpah LK 173, NAFC Marine Centre

Lee always wanted to work at sea, but initially trained as a joiner. After several years, his interest in fishing grew, and he started helping boats land fish on the market, where he caught the attention of local fishermen. He enrolled on the funded Seafish ‘Intro to Commercial Fishing Course’ where he gained his basic training.

Lee was taken on as a crewmember of the Mizpah, where he has shown a great enthusiasm for the job. He has undertaken a five-day Bridge Watch-keeping course and is enrolled on the ‘Modern Apprenticeship in Seafishing’ and is making good progress. Lee has taken a bold step to pursue a new career, in which he is thriving.

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