Nominations

We will be recognising achievements over a range of commercial fishing categories. Each category will result in an award presented at the Fishing News Awards ceremony in Aberdeen on May 14th 2020.

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 'Done' until you've finished.
 
All nominations must be received by midnight on Tuesday, 11th February, 2020, and the shortlist will be confirmed shortly afterwards, when voting opens.
 
Voting will then open to determine the winners of 10 of our categories. The remaining four categories – Port of the Year,  Young Fisherman of the Year, the Sustainability Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award – will be judged by Fishing News Awards panels comprised of industry peers, authorities and advisors, selected for their expert, objective and independent views.

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.

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 shows@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.

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* 1. About You

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* 2. Demersal Fisherman of the Year 

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to demersal fishing in 2019. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities. Please provide examples of these.

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* 3.  Pelagic Fisherman of the Year

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to pelagic fishing in 2019. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities. Please provide examples of these.

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* 4. Shellfish Fisherman of the Year sponsored by the Peterhead Port Authority 

To be awarded to a UK- or Ireland-based fisherman who has made a clear commitment to shellfish fishing in 2019. Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities. Please provide examples of these.

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* 5. Independent Fresh Fish Retailer of the Year

This award recognises local UK or Irish fresh fish retailers who have shown continued support for the commercial fishing industry in their communities, trading from a shop, market stall or travelling van in 2019. Nominees will demonstrate a focus on supporting locally-landed fish, with a good range of species on offer, encouraging consumers to experience some varieties that are more usually exported, and others which deserve to be more popular.  Please give examples of these.
(Please note this category is not open to national supermarket chains)

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* 6. Fish Processor of the Year

This award recognises the UK or Irish fish processor who has shown outstanding support for the commercial fishing industry in 2020. In particular, we are looking for evidence of the use of industry best practice, technological innovation, and excellence of service. Please provide examples of these.

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* 7. The Sustainability Award  sponsored by The Fishmongers’ Company's Fisheries Charitable Trust 
                                                                                                                              
This award recognises and rewards outstanding innovation and achievement towards improving sustainability and environmental responsibility within the UK and Irish fishing industry during 2019.

Entries are encouraged from both large-scale projects with major sustainability outcomes, as well as from small-scale projects, that provide tangible improvements to address specific sustainability problems.

Criteria: The nominee must demonstrate a unique and innovative response to a clear and compelling environmental sustainability issue within the UK fishing industry. Applications must demonstrate that the project has gone above and beyond standard practice and provide evidence of its impact. All nominations will be considered on their merits, however, the panel will particularly be looking for projects that have influenced a significant change in behaviour and/or that have inspired broader community awareness and/or engagement.

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

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* 8. Service Company of the Year 

This award will recognise a UK or Ireland shore-based company that has provided outstanding service to the commercial fishing industry in 2019. Nominees could range from fueling and icing companies, to box provision, boatyards, chandleries, net-makers, auctions and vessel agents. We are looking for examples of outstanding customer service.

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* 9. Fishing Port of the Year

This award benchmarks good practice, recognising excellence in service and amenities found not only in the major ports and harbours throughout the UK and Ireland, but every landing area regardless of size, in 2019. 

Please describe the amenities and services available at your port, such as mooring, berthing and icing facilities, supplies and agents. 

Outline the port's long-term strategy, emphasising future growth targets, development and long- term commitment to the commercial fishing industry.
This category will be decided by a panel of industry judges.

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* 10. New Boat of the Year – Demersal 

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new demersal fishing vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2019. All new demersal boats featured in Fishing News in 2019 will be included automatically. Please give details of what makes this boat stand out for you.

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* 11. New Boat of the Year – Pelagic

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new pelagic fishing vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2019. All new pelagic boats featured in Fishing News in 2019 will be included automatically. Please give details of what makes this boat stand out to you.

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* 12. New Boat of the Year – Shellfish

This award celebrates innovation in the build and facilities of a new shellfish vessel that entered service in the UK or Irish fleets in 2019. All new shellfish boats featured in Fishing News in 2019 will be included automatically. Please give details of what makes this boat stand out to you.

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* 13. Trainee Fisherman of the Year  sponsored by Sunderland Marine Insurance  

This award will recognise the most outstanding new entrant to complete a commercial fishing training course in 2019.

In particular, candidates will demonstrate consistently high levels of application, commitment, co-operation, determination, understanding of the fishing industry, practical skills and safety awareness. Please provide examples of these.

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* 14. Young Fisherman of the Year sponsored by Seafish 

This category will reward a fisherman, under 25 years old at the end of 2019, and based in the UK or Ireland, who has made a clear commitment to their fishing industry.

Skills, determination, leadership ability and adaptability to changes in today’s industry are all important qualities. Please provide examples of these.
This category will be decided by a panel of industry judges.

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


To be awarded 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.

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