National Fishing Remembrance Day : 12 May, national

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The first National Fishing Remembrance Day was held on Sunday 12 May 2024, as a day for reflection and commemoration of all those who have lost their lives while working in fishing in the UK.

It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of fishing as a profession to a wider audience and to remember those who have lost their lives at sea. For those living and working in local fishing communities it is hoped that this will become an annual focal point for remembrance and connection with the national fishing industry. This period of remembrance will also provide an opportunity to focus on initiatives aimed at improving safety in commercial fishing.

Statistically fishing is one of the most dangerous professions in the UK with 11,000 people working on fishing vessels in a harsh and unpredictable environment to bring ashore much needed seafood.

Many fishing harbours have suffered tragedies and the National Fishing Remembrance Day aims to recognise and honour the loss of life. It is important to manage those same risks today. Safety management systems and improvements to working practices are key to keeping people safe and families and communities together.

Services in Cornwall

LooeFishers’ Memorial PlaqueQuayside, East Looe outside The Catch Fish & Chip Shop, The Quay, Looe PL13 1DX4.30pm
NewlynFisherman statueNewlyn, Penzance TR18 5PP11am

Newlyn Service recording

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