Cornish fisherman in final of National Young Fisherman Award
A young skipper from Cornwall is today travelling to London
having reached the final four in the prestigious Fishing News
Young Fisherman of the Year Award.
The skipper, David Stevens Junior comes from a long line
of successful St Ives skippers, following in the footsteps
of his father and grandfather. Since joining the family trawler
"Crystal Sea" at the age of 16, David has shown
tremendous commitment and leadership. After studying at Banff
and Buchan College in Fraserburgh, David gained his 'Skipper's
ticket' at the age of 21 and immediately began to act
as relief skipper. Following the retirement of David Stevens
Senior from seagoing activities in 2002 David Junior assumed
the skipper's role with his brother Alec acting as relief
skipper. Despite spending considerable time at sea, when David
is ashore he is equally busy after becoming a vice-chairman
of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation in 2004 and a director
of both the Cornish Ice and Duchy Fish Quota Companies.
David Stevens Junior was nominated by Seafood Cornwall in
recognition of his dedication to all aspects of the fishing,
not just at sea catching the fish, which he does very well,
but also on representational work, meeting policy makers,
scientists and environmentalists. "For us David
is a role model for skippers of the future, where catching
fish will just be part of the job," said Nathan
de Rozarieux of Seafood Cornwall.
The South West Handline Fishermen's Association (SWHFA)
and Seafood Cornwall have also jointly reached the final of
the best promotional campaign award for its line caught bass
and Pollack tagging scheme (www.linecaught.org.uk).
"To have reached the final against such tough competition
is fantastic and is a real testament to the hard work that
has been put in by the officers of the SWHFA,"
said Nathan de Rozarieux, Project Director, Seafood Cornwall.
For further information please contact Nathan de Rozarieux
of Seafood Cornwall on 01736 874304.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Seafood Cornwall through the
Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG) fund.
Seafood Cornwall, an Objective One Fisheries Programme grant
funded project, offers advice to industry on fish quality
issues and is working to improve marketing and promotion of
fish and seafood. Seafood Cornwall is based at the Cornwall
Fisheries Resource Centre, 78b The Strand, Newlyn, contact
Nathan de Rozarieux, 01736 874304. For more information about
the project visit www.seafoodcornwall.org.uk.
Nathan de Rozarieux and David Stevens will both be attending
the awards ceremony at 7pm in London on 25th October.
The South West Handline Fishermen's Association is
an organisation representing over 100 handline fishermen in
Cornwall and Devon. The Association successfully led the Marine
Stewardship Council accreditation of the SW Handline mackerel
fishery in 2000. The Association launched the www.linecaught.org.uk
website and tagging scheme for line caught bass and Pollack
Fishing News is the only weekly national fishing industry
publication – for further details on the awards ceremony
contact Julian Pryke on 020 7017 4297.
Seafood Cornwall is supported by the Sea Fish Industry Authority
(Seafish) was established by the Government in 1981 and is
a Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the four UK government
fisheries departments. Seafish works with all sectors of the
UK seafood industry – fishermen, processors, wholesalers,
importers, exporters, seafood farmers, fish friers, caterers
and retailers – to raise standards, improve efficiency
and secure a sustainable future.
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