Whitby nominees top fishing award votes

Whitby Fisherman to take centre stage at global seafood expo

James Locker and his vessel, OUR Lass III.

Whitby Fisherman to take centre stage at global seafood expo James Locker and his vessel, OUR Lass III.

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Whitby has been recognised in the nominations for national awards being run by industry magazine, The Fishing News.

Ship builders, Parkol Marine, who have been building boats at their Whitby shipyard for 28 years, have two nominations while the world famous Magpie Cafe is also on the shortlist. Skipper James Locker, carrying on a long-standing family tradition is also among the shortlist of nominees.

Two of Parkol’s new builds from the last year feature in the shortlist for “Boat of the Year”.

Guardian Angell is a 26- metre registered steel hulled white fish trawler built for Shetland company the Guardian Angell Fishing Company.

It was started in August 2014 and completed in July 2015. The second boat is La Creole - a 15 metre vessel for Brixham owners Brown and Bright Shellfish Ltd.

Building started in April last year and the vessel was completed in December.

The Magpie faces competition from nine other establishments for the crown of Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year.

The nomination says the Magpie was chosen for its use of sustainable, fresh, local fish and seafood and traditional ambience.

“The Magpie Café, housed in a striking black-and-white building overlooking the harbour, supports the local fishing community and economy. It has a long connection with fishing and the shipping industry.”

James Locker is nominated for demersal fisherman of the year. He first went to sea aged eight in 2000. He broke landing records on Our Lass II in 2007 and took on Parkol-built Our Lass III in 2014.

He is praised for his passion and commitment to the industry which sees him travel regularly betweenWhitby and Peterhead where his vessel is based.

The nomination adds: “James is a quiet and thoughtful young man – well respected and liked within the UK industry. He is an excellent role model for the latest generation of young fishermen.”

The awards night is on Thursday May 26 in Aberdeen at a ceremony hosted by celebrity chef Simon Rimmer.