Country’s best Young Fishermen net top award at industry awards in Aberdeen

29 May 2018

Ryan Corbett and Haydn McLeod share title of Young Fisherman of the Year

Two of the UKs most committed young fishermen, Ryan Corbett, skipper of Sparkling Star and Haydn McLeod, relief skipper of Forever Faithful, were jointly awarded the title of Young Fisherman of the Year at the 2018 Fishing News Awards in Aberdeen.

The award, sponsored by Seafish, recognises fishermen under the age of 25 who have made a clear commitment to the industry. Ryan Corbett from Kinlochbervie and Haydn McLeod from Peterhead were shortlisted alongside Josh Buchan (Josh Rose BF 22); Dean Cowie (Reliant CY 799); Ben Irvine (Opportune LK 209); and Jack Sanderson (Perseverance II H 11).

The two Young Fishermen of the Year were commended by the panel of judges for their skills, determination and leadership ability and recognised as excellent examples of modern fishermen.

Ryan started his fishing career on his father's boat at age 16. At just 20, he is successfully skippering his own vessel. He said: "I never expected to win such a prestigious award so early in my career, but this will really spur me on."

On winning the award, Haydn, who chose a career in fishing over other career options said: "I'm confident I made the right choice when I joined the fishing industry and I am keen to be a role model and want to encourage other young fishermen into the industry."

Marcus Coleman, CEO of Seafish, said: "This award raises the profile of the young people who are eagerly carving a career in the fishing industry. The commitment and enthusiasm shown by the six finalist's shows how exciting a career in fishing is, with a training available to support almost all fishing career paths. Ryan and Haydn are both smashing young men and excellent role models who we wish all the best in the future."

The Fishing News Awards recognise excellence in 13 different categories and shines light on the achievements, expertise and innovation within the UK and Ireland's commercial fishing industries.