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National Fishing Remembrance Day is 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 this National Fishing Remembrance Day will 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.

'Our fishermen not only help to feed the nation, but are at the heart of communities around our coastline. National Fishing Remembrance Day will give loved ones, coastal communities and the wider public a chance to commemorate the lives lost at sea and pay tribute to their valuable service.

The bravery of fishermen and the hard labour they endure day to day must not go unrecognised, and while we take this moment to pause and remember those who have been lost, it’s important that we continue to work to improve the safety of those working at sea so fewer families have to go through such distress in the future.'

Fisheries Minister Mark Spencer

Join In & Get Involved

Find your nearest fishing memorial

Royal Museums Greenwich is supporting the new National Remembrance Day with an interactive map of fishing memorials around the UK.  You can search for the nearest fishing memorial to you here.

Local remembrance events

Maritime welfare charities have joined together to commemorate this day throughout the UK. The Fishermen’s Mission and Stella Maris will have a programme of local events at fishing ports around the country on Sunday 12 May 2024. Remembrance services are happening in the following locations:

LocationMemorial or Venue nameAddress Time
BostonSt Botolph's Footbridge PE21 6NWSt Botolph's Footbridge PE21 6NW2pm
BridlingtonGansy Girl, Bridlington HarbourGansy Girl, Bridlington Harbour, TQ5 8AW3pm
BrixhamBrixham Fish Market Quayside, Brixham, TQ5 8AWTBC
EyemouthEyemouth Parish ChurchEyemouth Parish Church, Victoria Rd, Eyemouth TD14 5JD2.30pm
FleetwoodNorth Euston Hotel Garden and Lawn space (10.30am)North Euston Hotel Garden and Lawn space (10.30am)10.30am
FraserburghFishing Wife statueShore Street, Cairnbulg, FraserburghTBC
GrimsbyThe Great Grimsby fishermen memorialSt James’ Square, Grimsby, DN31 1EP2pm
KilkeelKilkeel Harbour memorialNautilus Centre, Rooney Road, Kilkeel, Co Down, BT34 4AX10.30am
LowestoftMiraculous Catch' Viabeata statue towards the end of the South Pier, Royal Plain, Lowestoft NR33 0AE.South Pier, Royal Plain, Lowestoft NR33 0AE11am
Maryport, CumbriaHarbourside by the Aquila Memorial (3pm)Harbourside by the Aquila Memorial (3pm)3pm
NewhavenJoanna C memorialWest Quay, Newhaven, BN9 9BY11am
NewlynFisherman statueNewlyn, Penzance TR18 5PPTBC
North ShieldsFiddlers Green Fishermen's MemorialNorth Shields NE30 1JA11am
PortavogieThe HarbourHarbour Road, Portavogie Harbour, Portavogie, County Down, BT22 1EA3pm
PortsmouthCamber Memorial PlaqueCamber Memorial Plaque, The Camber, East St, , Portsmouth PO1 2JJ (opposite the Wightlink Ferry Terminal)12pm
WeymouthHoly Trinity Church, WeymouthHoly Trinity Church, Trinity Road, Weymouth DT4 8TJ10.30am
WhitbyThe Herring Girls Statue, Whitby Band Stand YO21 3PUThe Herring Girls Statue, Whitby Band Stand YO21 3PU11am

Pay Your Respects

Whitby skipper Dora

If there is no remembrance day event at your local fishing memorial you may be interested in our Remembrance Pack to pay your respects in your own way. You can download copies of the Prayer and Hymn (Eternal Father) here.


Almighty and Everlasting God, we acknowledge that -
By your power, were the heavens and the earth established,
and the bounds of the seas set in their place.
At your command, were all the creatures of the deep brought
into being in their numerous varieties.
And in your wisdom, are we sustained and renewed
by the harvest that come from labours of those who go out to sea in their vessels.

Lord God, we give you thanks, for the work of all the charities who serve our fishermen and their families, today and for the past years. Reminding ourselves on this Remembrance Day of all who have served this nation in the fishing industry, and to keep alive the memories of all those whose lives have been given in its service to our communities.

Lord Jesus Christ, it is you who first appeared to the men by the shores of Galilee to
provide the miraculous catch, calling them each by name to commit their lives
to the care of all people.

We thank you, for all who continue in their love of families, communities, and the nation, that same care through personal sacrifice.

We pray for the families who grieve the loss of loved ones -
those who did not return safely to them, and especially for those for whom such loss is recent.

Spirit of Comfort, bring peace and healing to broken lives and hopes, and so comfort those who now live with the pain of past years. And remind us again, O Lord, of your love and care –
this day, and for years to come.

We now offer these prayers, in the name of Christ Jesus our Redeemer and Lord.


The Fisherman’s Prayer, based on Psalm 23

The Lord is my pilot, I shall not drift,
He lighteth me across the dark waters,
He keepeth my log.
He guideth me by the star of holiness for His Name’s sake.
Yea, though I sail ‘mid the thunders and tempests of life,
I shall dread no danger, for Thou are near me.
Thy love and Thy care, they shelter me.
Thou preparest a harbour for me in the homeland of eternity.
Thou anointest the waves with oil; my ship rideth calmly.
Surely, sunlight and starlight shall favour me on the voyage I take,
and I will rest in the port of my God forever.


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