NOMINATIONS are still open for the annual Fishing News awards, which celebrate the commitment, skills and innovation of the commercial fishing industry.
Open to all fishermen, processors, ports and businesses across the UK and Ireland, the deadline for entries is Tuesday, February 12.
The awards recognise excellence across 14 categories, including Young Fisherman of the Year, Fishing Port of the Year, the Sustainability Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Aberdeen on May 16.
Organised by Fishing News, the weekly industry magazine, the awards are free to enter, with people being asked to nominate friends, family, crewmates, or even themselves, for one of the accolades.
David Linkie, editor of Fishing News, said: ‘The UK fishing industry lands almost £1 billion worth of seafood each year, so it’s important that we recognise those who go to great lengths – in very challenging conditions – to provide us with such fantastic produce.
‘The Fishing News awards recognise not only the efforts and successes of hard working fishermen, but also the best ports, coastal fish restaurants, processors, seafood retailers and much more.
‘This industry demonstrates skill, bravery, innovation and adaptability on a daily basis. Yet its people are often modest and disinclined to shout about their achievements.
‘For this reason, we invite nominations from anyone who knows of a deserving candidate in any category, particularly from their peers and colleagues.’
To see the full list of categories and to submit a nomination for the Fishing News Awards, visit fishingnews.co.uk/awards and complete the online entry form.
Picture: Fishing News editor David Linkie presents a cheque for £2,500 to Fishermen’s Mission CEO David Dickens, watched by host Fred MacAulay, at last year’s awards (photo: Fishing News)