Awards set to trawl UK for top fishermen

The Fishing News Awards are designed to celebrate the hard work of all those in the fishing industry
The Fishing News Awards are designed to celebrate the hard work of all those in the fishing industry

The search is now on for the UK’s foremost fishermen and the people of Bridlington are being asked to put forward their nominations.

Designed to celebrate the hard work of all those within the fishing industry, the Fishing News Awards will see fishermen from across the UK battle it out to be named the best in the British Isles in one of 12 categories.

Covering categories such as Young Fisherman of the Year, Shellfish Fisherman of the Year and The Fisherman’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the awards are designed to give recognition to the men and women risking their lives to put food on our tables.

With the awards set to be in Aberdeen on 26 May, nominations for the awards are currently open. It is free to enter, with people in Yorkshire being urged to nominate their friends, family, crewmates or even themselves for one of the prestigious accolades.

All nominations must be received by Friday 25 March.

David Linkie, the editor of Fishing News, said: “Yorkshire is such a key area for the fishing industry in this country that it’s only right that fishermen operating out of Whitby, Scarborough and Bridlington are congratulated for their bravery and dedication. Fishing really is one of this country’s most challenging occupations, and I know just how hard these men and their families work to make sure we all end up with food on our plates.

“Fishing is a way of life, often continuing through the generations, but the daily risks that our fishermen face should never be underestimated.

“I’ve been a long-time supporter of the fishing industry in the UK and these awards are the perfect opportunity for fishermen from Yorkshire to receive some recognition for their tireless work over the past year.”

Other categories at the awards include ‘Best New Boat, ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’ and specialised awards for fishermen depending on the particular fishing sector in which they work.

l To see the full list of categories and enter a nomination for the Fishing News Awards, hopefuls can visit www.fishingnewsawards.co.uk and complete the online entry form. Head to Twitter and use the hashtag #FishingAwards to see the conversation and join in.