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SIC - Free Tyre Check - 22 Nov 2019

Marine / Seven local nominations for fishing awards

The new Serene Lk297 is one of three new local fishing boats shortlisted. hoto: Ivan Reid

SHETLAND is again well represented in the shortlist for the Fishing News awards, the UK’s only fishing industry awards programme.

In this year’s extended New Boat of the Year category, three Shetland boats – Research LK 62, Serene LK 297 and Tranquility LK 63 – will go head to head with other recently-launched UK fishing vessels.

Two of the 11 fishermen across the three different Fisherman of the Year categories are from Shetland: Duncan Cumming of the Avrella LK 174, and Chris Duncan who works on the Altaire LK 429.

Meanwhile Ross Sutherland of the Arcturus LK 59, will hope to reel in the Young Fisherman of the Year prize.

The Sustainability Awardsees the Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation (SSMO) among those shortlisted.

Fishing News is inviting the public to vote for their favourites at the trade paper’s website at https://fishingnews.co.uk/awards/shortlists-and-voting/

Editor David Linkie said: “Everyone in the fishing industry contributed to the catch value of the UK fleet exceeding £1billion for the first time. That this was achieved in a year of continuing challenge and uncertainty makes it particularly notable.

“It is especially important therefore that the efforts of fishermen, together with boatbuilders, port staff, processors, seafood retailers and service companies are recognised.

“The nominees shortlisted for Fishing News Awards 2019 have the privilege to represent their particular teams within the fishing industry as a whole.

“Congratulations to those shortlisted, who, I am sure, will be the first to say ‘well done, and better luck next year’ to all their colleagues in the industry.”

Public voting is open in ten categories, excluding The Sustainability Award, Port of the Year, Young Fisherman of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award. A panel drawn from the industry will judge these four categories.

The awards ceremony will take place in Aberdeen on 16 May.