Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) safety training officer Derek Cardno has become the first active fisherman to be appointed as an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI).

He applied for membership of the organisation, which aims to promote professionalism, best practice and safety in the maritime industry, in the hope of paving the way for fellow fishermen.

Derek Cardno AFNI.

“For too long fishermen and the skills and knowledge needed to operate a fishing vessel have been looked down on in the marine world. However, over the years I believe the SFF has changed that, and I believe our expertise, views and comments are respected not just in the UK but in several countries,” said Derek Cardno.

“I am now the first active fisherman to ever to be granted an AFNI, which I am delighted about, and hopefully this opens the door for more fishermen in the future to be recognised.”

A Nautical Institute spokesman said: “The Nautical Institute has opened membership to the fishing industry. This encompasses all levels from AMNIS (student) through to AFNI.

“Whilst membership criteria are currently undergoing due process, applicants will be considered on an individual basis. This scheme is relevant to serving fishers, industry professionals and group membership.

“Further details can be found on the Nautical Institute website.

This story was taken from the latest issue of Fishing News. For more up-to-date and in-depth reports on the UK and Irish commercial fishing sector, subscribe to Fishing News here or buy the latest single issue for just £3.30 here


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