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Bryher fisherman wins national award

Mark Pender from Bryher has been named ‘Shellfish Fisherman of the Year 2016’.

Mark was presented with the prize at the annual Fishing News Awards ceremony, hosted by comedian Rory Bremner, on May 25th in Aberdeen.

The industry-led scheme aims to 'shine a spotlight on the achievements, expertise and innovation in the UK's commercial fishing industry'.

Mark, skipper for Island Fish Ltd and Chair of the Isles of Scilly Fisherman’s Association, won a public vote after being shortlisted alongside four other fishermen from around the country.

He said of the accolade: "I am absolutely delighted to have won, I have been fishing for over 30 years and believe strongly in the need to protect the fishery for the next generation.

"To have been recognised for the work that I and other fisherman in Scilly are doing to achieve this is incredibly satisfying, so a very big thank you to everyone who voted for me, it means a lot."

Mark was back at work 36 hours after the ceremony at the first of the two low tide events of the year, held on May 27th between Tresco and Bryher.

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