As part of the globally renown Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition (dubbed IceFish), and taking place on day one of the event which lasts until Saturday 27 September, the Awards evening has become synonymous with the venue; the beautiful Gerðarsafn Art gallery.
The event commenced with a reception which provided excellent networking opportunities for all those who attended.
The compere for the night was Logi Bergmann Eiðsson, news anchor for Iceland's Channel 2 (Stöð 2) and the awards were sponsored by Samskip, Landsbankinn, Vonin, Brammer Iceland and UK Trade and Investment. The IceFish Awards Ceremony celebrated outstanding successes achieved across all aspects of the commercial fisheries industry.
The Icelandic Fisheries Awards were first introduced in 1999 to recognise and reward excellence in the Icelandic and international fishing industry, and the stature of this event has continued to grow and develop over the years. The hotly contested Awards are highly regarded and are now seen as an accolade with winners using their success to promote their company and products.
The winners were selected by two judging panels spearheaded by the editor of Fiskifrettir, Gudjon Einarsson and World Fishing's editor Carly Wills. Nominations were received from both within Iceland and internationally, including processing and catching for all size of operation.
The winners of the 6th Icelandic Fisheries Awards were as follows:
Best New Product launched at the show: POLAR FISHING GEAR
Best Individual Small Stand: SJOVA
Best Individual Large Stand: ICELANDIC GROUP HF
Best Group Stand: GRINDAVIK
Outstanding Icelandic Skipper: VÍÐIR JÓNSSON
Outstanding Icelandic Fleet: ÍSFÉLAG VESTMANNAEYJA
Outstanding Icelandic Processor: HB GRANDI
Outstanding Achievement: SKINNEY-ÞINGANES
Outstanding Icelandic Supplier - Catching (Small Companies): 3X TECHNOLOGY/SKAGINN
Outstanding Icelandic Supplier - Catching (Large Companies): HAMPIÐJAN
Outstanding Icelandic Supplier - Processing (Small Companies): VALKA
Outstanding Icelandic Supplier - Processing (Large Companies): MAREL
Outstanding International Supplier - Catching (Small Companies): JT ELECTRIC
Outstanding International Supplier - Catching (Large Companies): RAYMARINE
Outstanding International Supplier - Processing (Small Companies): UNISYSTEM
Outstanding International Supplier - Processing (Large Companies: CRAEMER GROUP
The Overall Outstanding Supplier: MAREL