Battle of the ports at awards

Home to a diverse fleet of demersal, pelagic and shellfish vessels, including inshore creel boats and modern twin-rig prawn trawlers, Fraserburgh established a new port value record of 46.5m last year.
Home to a diverse fleet of demersal, pelagic and shellfish vessels, including inshore creel boats and modern twin-rig prawn trawlers, Fraserburgh established a new port value record of 46.5m last year.

Fraserburgh and Peterhead will vie for the prestigious Port of the Year accolade at this year’s Fishing News Awards.

The two North-east ports will battle it out against Bridlington, Brixham and Cullivoe for the prestigious title.

The UK’s only fishing industry awards programme revealed its eagerly anticipated shortlist last week.

Scottish fishermen and businesses secured by far the most shortlistings in this year’s awards - a whopping 33 across nearly every category.

Fishermen, fish restaurants, retailers and processors, as well as the ports themselves, are set to be honoured at the event.

Home to a diverse fleet of demersal, pelagic and shellfish vessels, including inshore creel boats and modern twin-rig prawn trawlers, Fraserburgh established a new port value record of £46.5m last year.

In addition to two refrigerated fishmarkets, the port’s £64m dry dock and six-berth ship hoist refit area attracts vessels from all parts of the UK.

Meanwhile, a new port record catch of £195m was achieved by Peterhead Port in 2017.

At the same time work on the port’s £51m North Harbour development, which by doubling the depth of water gives all classes of whitefish boats 24/7 access to a new landing hub, continues to progress well.

The winner of Port of the Year will be determined by a panel of judges drawn from the fishing industry.

This will be announced at the awards event, which is being held in Aberdeen on Thursday, May 24.