LERWICK has been named the 2021 Port of the Year in the annual Fishing News awards, held in a digital format last week.
The port won the coveted award against stiff competition from Fraserburgh, Newlyn and Eastbourne.
The nomination for Lerwick describes the opening of the new fishmarket at Mair’s Pier in August last year as a “major milestone” in the development of the harbour as a modern hub for the fishing industry.
Port chairman Ronnie Gair said: “We see it as recognition of our proactive strategy, our continuing commitment to the fishing industry, and the team approach which went into phased developments over the years to deliver modern facilities for the sector.
“The £7.6 million whitefish market is an excellent example of our long-term planning.
“It was the final component in an integrated programme designed to reinforce Lerwick’s position as a leading UK fishing port and to sustain and develop the contribution to the Shetland economy.”
Construction of the quay also meant benefits for other port users, including berthing, a net repair area and additional shore power points for both the whitefish and pelagic sector.
Last year Scalloway won the Fishing News award in the same category.
The Fishing News awards ceremony can be watched here.
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