Whitby businesses angling for glory in Fishing News Awards

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Whitby is hoping to shine brightly in one of the fishing industry’s most sparkling nights of the year.

Three Whitby-based businesses have been shortlisted in categories at the UK’s only fishing industry awards programme, the Fishing News Awards, which takes place on Thursday night (May 25) in Aberdeen.

They are:

* Magpie’s The Whitby Catch, in the Independent Fresh Fish Retailer category

* Lockers Fish, Fish Processor and

* Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School, Contribution to Safety.

Jordan Harrison has also been shortlisted for Young Fisherman of the Year.

Although Jordan is from Bridlington, he completed his apprenticeship at Whitby’s Fishing School, where his enthusiasm and passion saw him win the George Traves Excellent Award at the school’s own awards ceremony last autumn.

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.”

Paul Gildroy, chef at the Magpie Cafe which was hit by two blazes earlier this month, said: “I would like to thank anyone who has firstly nominated us and also anyone who has voted, we are extremely proud to have been nominated for this award run by a highly regarded industry-led publication.

“The Whitby Catch has always been run on a philosophy of using, where possible, high quality local produce even in these darker times when the fishing industry locally is at its lowest.

“Whether we win or not, it is testament to the values and desire to keep this industry ticking.”

Almost 12,000 fishermen set out to catch the 756,000 tonnes of seafood landed by British vessels each year.

The evening will be hosted by comedian Rory Bremner.

Log on to our website www.whitbygazette.co.uk next Friday morning to see how the Whitby businesses fared.