National Award for NAFC Trainee

An NAFC student has been named as 'Trainee Fishermen of the Year' in the national Fishing News Awards 2020.

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Campbell Hunter

Campbell Hunter, who is a crewman on the local whitefish trawler Guiding Light (LK 84), received the award in a virtual ceremony last night.

The Fishing News Awards shine a spotlight on the achievements, innovations, and successes of the commercial fishing industries of the UK and Ireland over the last year.

Campbell was brought up in Scalloway where his family was mainly involved in the fish buying and processing industry. He decided his future lay in fish catching and while still at school enrolled on NAFC's ‘Maritime Skills for Work’ programme, successfully gaining five SQA units relating to maritime activities.

On leaving school, Campbell enrolled on the Centre's Seafish 'Introduction to Commercial Fishing’ programme, where he showed dedication to his studies and real enthusiasm towards the practical activities. He gained a berth on the Guiding Light where he is making good progress.

Recognising the benefits of training, Campbell enrolled on the Seafish 'Safety Awareness’ course as soon as he was eligible and then on a Modern Apprenticeship in Sea Fishing. During this training he gained knowledge of safe working practices and seamanship skills, gained a VHF Radio Certificate and undertook a high level of net mending. Part of his training included his class making a complete rockhopper trawl net from scratch, something few fishermen have had the opportunity to do.

Campbell has been keen to pursue the training offered to young fishermen in Shetland, recognising the value it adds to himself as a crewmember and its contribution to safety in the industry. He has shown a real drive throughout his training at NAFC in pursuing his career as a commercial fishermen.

Mark Fullerton, NAFC's Section Leader for Fisheries Training, congratulated Campbell: "He is a worthy winner of this award which had entrants from throughout the UK. During all of his training at NAFC Campbell's attendance, classroom and practical work were excellent."

Further Information

Fishing News Awards 2020: https://fishingnews.co.uk/awards/

For more information, please contact Mark Fullerton (mark.fullerton@uhi.ac.uk).