He overcame competition from three other strong contenders to take home the award, which is decided by a panel of industry judges and awarded to ‘an individual who, throughout their career, has been a true champion of UK or Irish commercial fishing’.
Mike started his career as a fishermen, a job he held for over 20 years, during which time he was a shareholder on the whitefish trawler Sparkling Star BCK 264. He joined Seafish as a Gear Technologist in 1997 and since then has devoted his life to sharing his extensive knowledge with the industry he loves.
He is widely recognised as a world-leading expert in gear technology. He collaborates with the UK industry and works closely with fishermen to deliver real-life practical solutions. Over the years this has involved many trips to sea on fishing vessels, trialling and testing new fishing gear and modifications to help fishermen improve their catch, make their gear more selective and reduce discards. Mike also spent many years running workshops and delivering training courses at the Seafish flume tank in Hull and he continues to provide expert advice and guidance to fishermen at the flume tank in Hirtshals, Denmark.
Talking about his win, Mike said: “I’m really pleased to pick up this award and a bit overwhelmed by the respect I’ve got in the industry. It was a great night.”
Huge congratulations to Mike from everyone at Seafish on this well-deserved acknowledgement of his work and passion over the years.