Marine / Wanted: fishermen of the future

SHETLAND Fishermen’s Association (SFA) is encouraging anyone interested in a fishing career to make the most of a new opportunity to secure all the basic training required locally – and at no personal cost.

Fully funded by the Seafish industry authority, UHI Shetland is seeking applicants for an ‘Introduction to Commercial Fishing’ course – a three week introduction to the basics of working onboard a fishing vessel, including insights into Shetland’s seafood industry.

It also includes, for free, the four mandatory training qualifications required for new entrants to legally work on a commercial fishing boat: sea survival, first aid, health and safety and firefighting.

There is also a commitment to assist those completing the course in finding opportunities at sea.

SFA executive officer Daniel Lawson described the course as an excellent opportunity for anyone hoping to join the local fishing fleet.

“This course still has places left, and is the best way for folk to get all their basic qualifications – for free, and whilst staying in Shetland,” he said.


“I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing a fishing career to get in touch with UHI Shetland as soon as possible to not miss out.

“We can all be proud of the fact that Shetland’s fishing fleet remains so locally owned and operated, but we need the next generation of fishermen (and women) to come forward and make themselves known.”

The course starts on Monday 29 January. Anyone wanting to apply, or ask for more information, should email training.shetland@uhi.ac.uk 

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.