Fishing for top awards

Bridlington residents have the chance to nominate local fishermen, retailers and businesses for national awards.
Bridlington residents have the chance to nominate local fishermen, retailers and businesses for national awards.

A national awards programme is on a quest to find the leading lights across the UK commercial fishing sector and is looking for nominations from this area.

The Fishing News Awards 2018 is calling on Bridlington residents to nominate fishermen, retailers and businesses in categories across all aspects of commercial fishing.

The awards will recognise excellence across categories that include Young Fisherman of the Year, Fishing Port of the Year, Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards are to be held in Aberdeen on Thursday 24 May 2018.

Winners in 2017 included the port of Brixham which defended its title of Port of the Year and the Old Boat House at Amble, named Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year. The coveted Young Fisherman of the Year award was shared between 17-year-old Bridlington’s own Jordan Harrison and 23-year-old Alexander West, from Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire.

Nominations for the Fishing News Awards are now open and free to enter, with people being asked to nominate friends, family, crewmates, or even themselves, for one of these accolades.

All nominations must be received by Tuesday 13 February 2018 for consideration, with a shortlist of nominees revealed for most categories in late February.

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.”

To see the full list of categories and to submit a nomination for the Fishing News Awards, visit www.fishingnews.co.uk/awards and complete the online entry form.