The Fishing News Awards 2024

Nominations

Welcome to the nomination form for The Fishing News Awards, which will be recognising achievements over a range of commercial fishing categories.

There are 12 categories in the 2024 Fishing News Awards. Each one recognises excellence within an aspect of commercial fishing in the UK and/or Ireland from January to December 2023.

Each category will result in an award presented in person on 8 May, 2024 at the Chester Hotel in Aberdeen. All nominations need to be received by midnight on Monday, 12 February. Shortlists will then be drawn up before voting opens for eight of the categories. A panel of judges drawn from the fishing industry will decide the winners of the remaining four categories: Under-15m Boat of the Year, Over-15m Boat of the Year, The Sustainability Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

You can enter on behalf of a friend, colleague or organisation. You can also nominate yourself.

Each category has strict criteria, and you will be asked to provide information in support of your nomination. Please read the criteria carefully, and make sure you tell us as much as possible about the person or organisation you're nominating. We also need their contact information, because we will need to get in touch with them. If you need to leave the survey to find that out, don't worry, you can come back at any time and complete it – just don't click 'Finish Voting' until you've finished.
 
The shortlisting and voting processes will depend on the strength of the supporting information provided at the nomination stage.
If you only want to nominate in one category, please fill in section one, 'About You', and then skip to your preferred category. 
 
Please do not nominate the same person in the same category multiple times. Duplicate nominations will be excluded. Anyone who has won a category in the last five years is not eligible to be shortlisted in that category.
Once you have nominated in your chosen categories press the 'DONE' button to submit them to us.
If you have any issues with the form please email reception@kelsey.co.uk
 
We appreciate that some of the data we ask for can, in certain circumstances, be sensitive and confidential. We understand that any information included is supplied on a confidential basis, and will not be used for any purpose other than judging.
 

1. Over-10m Fisherman of the Year sponsored by Peterhead Port Authority



To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based demersal, pelagic or shellfish fisherman, working in the over-10m sector, who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry in 2023. Skill, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are among the qualities we will be looking for.  Please provide examples of these.

 

2. Under-10m Fisherman of the Year

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman in the under-10m sector who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the industry in 2023. We are looking for an individual who has demonstrated skill, determination, leadership and adaptability to change. Please provide examples of these.

 

3. Young Fisherman of the Year

This category will recognise a fisherman, under 30 years of age on 31 December, 2023 and based in the UK or Ireland, who has demonstrated outstanding skill, commitment and determination to succeed in the industry. Please provide examples of these.

 

4. Trainee Fisherman sponsored by Sunderland Marine of the Year



This award will recognise the most outstanding new entrant to complete a commercial fishing training course in 2023, who has demonstrated consistently high levels of application, commitment, understanding of the industry, practical skills and safety awareness. Please provide examples of these.

 

5. Over 15m Boat of the Year

This award celebrates innovation and excellence in the build and facilities of a new or significantly rebuilt or refurbished vessel of over 15m LOA that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2023. All new over-15m boats, and major rebuilds, featured in FN in 2023 will be included automatically in this category. Please give details of what makes this boat stand out for you. 

 

This category will be decided by a panel of industry judges.

 

6. Under 15m Boat of the Year

This award celebrates innovation and excellence in the build and facilities of a new or significantly rebuilt or refurbished vessel of less than 15m LOA that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2023. All new under-15m boats, and major rebuilds, featured in FN in 2023 will be included automatically in this category. Please give details of what makes this boat stand out for you. 

 

This category will be decided by a panel of industry judges.

 

7. Service Provider of the Year

This category will recognise a UK or Irish company, person or organisation that has provided an outstanding service to the fishing industry in 2023. Nominees could include boatyards, equipment and gear suppliers, auctions and vessel agents, as well as people and organisations who have gone above and beyond in providing a service to the industry. Please provide examples of these.

 

8. Initiative of the Year

This new category will recognise an initiative that has brought demonstrable benefit to the industry in 2023. New organisations, training schemes, campaigns, websites and similar initiatives are all eligible for entry in this category.

 

9. Technical Innovation Of The Year

This category will recognise an outstanding new product or product development that has brought significant benefit to the industry in 2023.

 

10. Port of the Year

This award will be made to a fishing port, harbour or landing area in the UK or Ireland that has seen a significant innovation or development in 2023, enhancing services or amenities for the benefit of the fishing industry.

 

11. The Sustainability Award 

This award recognises achievement in improving environmental responsibility within the UK or Irish industries in 2023. Both large-scale projects with major sustainability outcomes and small-scale projects addressing specific sustainability problems are eligible. Nominations must demonstrate an innovative response to a sustainability issue, demonstrate that the project has gone above and beyond standard practice, and provide evidence of its impact.

This category will be decided by a panel of industry judges.

 

12. Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by The Scottish White Fish Producers' Association Ltd



This award will go to an individual who, throughout their career, has been a true champion of UK or Irish commercial fishing.
Please give examples of their achievements.
This category will be decided by a panel of industry judges.

 

13. About You

 

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Thank you very much for nominating.
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