Whitby aiming for more winners at coveted awards event

James Locker (left) is a winner at the Fishing News awards

James Locker (left) is a winner at the Fishing News awards

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Whitby will be hoping for more success in a prestigious national awards programme looking for the foremost commercial fishermen in the UK and Ireland.

Designed to celebrate the dedication, skills, and ingenuity of those working within UK and Irish commercial fishing, the Fishing News Awards 2017 will shine a spotlight on those fishermen and fishing organisations who have excelled in commercial fishing throughout 2016.

This year’s awards saw Whitby-based boat builder Parkol Marine Engineering take home the New Boat of the Year prize and James Locker of Whitby-based Lockers Fish claim the Demersal Fisherman of the Year title.

The 2017 Fishing News Awards will recognise excellence in commercial fishing across 12 categories, including Young Fisherman of the Year, Fishing Port of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

New for 2017 is the category Independent Fresh Fish Retailer of the Year, which will recognise the contribution of a local shop, market stall or travelling van to the commercial fishing industry in their community.

Hosted by comedian Rory Bremner, the awards are set to be held in Aberdeen on May 25. Nominations for the awards are open and free to enter, with people being urged to nominate friends, family, crewmates, or even themselves, for an accolade.

All nominations must be received by Friday February 17. A shortlist of nominees for most categories will be revealed in late February.

David Linkie, Editor of Fishing News, said: “Fishermen are some of the bravest and hardest workers in the country, yet are often the most modest and unassuming people. They certainly aren’t ones to shout about their own successes yet they are more than worthy of recognition – which is why we ask for nominations from their peers and colleagues.”

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

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