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Fish Mish

May 13, 2024

Maritime charities, the Fishermen’s Mission, The Seafarers’ Charity, and Stella Maris joined forces to support a new annual National Fishing Remembrance Day in Grimsby for those who have lost their lives while fishing at sea.


Simon Dwyer, CEO, of Grimsby Fish Merchants Association, joined the service along with Sir Mark Spencer MP, Fisheries Minister, and other local dignitaries including Stella Maris Immingham Port Chaplain, Professor Mike Dillon. Tim Hill MBE, chief executive officer of Stella Maris charity said: "Fishers work in dangerous conditions and for long hours so that society can enjoy and savour their catch in homes and restaurants, their labours are not always fully appreciated. It's only right that a special day has been set aside to remember those lost at sea doing this important work." Simon Dwyer added, “It’s poignant that Grimsby was chosen for this inaugural Remembrance Service with its fishing heritage and once being one of the world’s busiest fishing ports”.


The service in warm sunshine, was attended by a large crowd all remembering family members and friends lost at sea. According to The Seafarers' Charity, 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".