Three Whitby businesses have been shortlisted in the UK’s only fishing industry awards programme, the Fishing News Awards.
Three Whitby-based businesses have been shortlisted, with Magpie’s The Whitby Catch, Lockers Fish and the Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School securing places for the Independent Fresh Fish Retailer, Fish Processor and Contribution to Safety awards respectively.
Fishermen, fishing ports, fish restaurants, retailers and processors are set to be honoured at the event, to be held in Aberdeen on May 25.
The awards are a celebration of the hard work and dedication of those working in the commercial fishing industry.
It could be a great night for the east coast. As well as the Whitby nominations, a youngster who attended the town’s fishing school, Jordan Harrison of Bridlington, is also shortlisted for Young Fisherman of the Year.
Jordan is no stranger to awards success locally – he won the George Traves Award for Excellence at Whitby Fishing School’s annual awards presentation in November. Bridlington boat the Isobella M BM 220 is in contention for New Boat of the Year.
Fishing News is asking for the public to review the shortlist for each category and to cast their votes ahead of the awards ceremony in May, which will be hosted by renowned comedian Rory Bremner. Following on from last year’s programme, which acted as a relaunch after an absence of several years, interest in the awards has grown significantly, with the number of nominations almost trebling.
Pat Eggington, Publisher of Fishing News, said: “The strength of the nominations we’ve received this year has been impressive. People in commercial fishing work tirelessly to provide the UK with the highest quality fresh seafood. We wish to celebrate the determination and professionalism shown by everyone involved in the fishing industry, and to highlight how vital a role is played by so few.”
Visit www.fishingnews.co.uk/awards to see the full shortlist and vote for your favourite.