25 March 2019
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations has elected its next Chairman.
Andrew Locker, skipper, and member of the well-known Locker fishing family from Whitby, will take over from Cornish skipper Andrew Pascoe after the Federation’s AGM in 2020. In the meantime, as Chairman-elect, will be involved in all of the NFFO’s top-level activities.
Currently, Andrew runs the shore-based side of the family firm, Locker Trawlers, and is heavily involved in training and quota management, through his role as Chairman of the East of England Fish Producers Organisation.
In a statement released after his election by the NFFO’s Executive Committee, Andrew said:
“I feel honoured to have been elected to this vitally important role, at this crucial time in our industry’s history. I will use all of my abilities to repay the confidence that has been invested in me. The NFFO’s membership is broad and diverse, reflecting the industry that it serves, and I personally feel that it is important that every part of it has an opportunity to shape its future.”
‘I am extremely fortunate to be following in the footsteps of experienced hands such as Tony Delahunty and Andrew Pascoe, and I have a year as Chairman-elect, before I step up to the hot seat. I know, professionally, how important training and experience is, and so I will be using this period well.”
NFFO Chief Executive, Barrie Deas, said:
“We are fortunate to have a pool of leadership talent within the Federation to draw on. Andrew will make an excellent Chairman, when the time comes. Nothing is more important in the current circumstances, than having wise counsel and guidance at the top of the NFFO in its dealings with government.”