Highliner Awards

Do you know someone that should be a National Fisherman Highliner?


Submit your nominee today!

An NF Highliner is a career commercial fisherman who is also known for giving back to the industry, locally, nationally or globally. It is no easy task, and as such it deserves recognition. Representatives from U.S. fishing communities on the East and Gulf coasts are honored in even-numbers years. Odd number years honor individuals from the West coast and Alaska.

The annual tradition of hailing leaders of the commercial fishing industry began in 1975 and it’s one that the National Fisherman team is opening up to our audience. Honorees will be featured in the print issue of National Fisherman magazine that honors individuals from all regions. They’ll also be able to take part in a series of special events at the Pacific Marine Expo that are designed to honor and showcase Highliner winners.

Some things to keep in mind

  • All nominees will be “considered” but that is not the same as “chosen.” However, an individual can’t be chosen if you’re not first considered.
  • Only individual nominees can be considered. Companies, organizations and associations are not eligible
  • Winners are announced each year but the full print feature will only appear in the quarterly edition of the magazine that highlights winners from every region.
  • Judges choose the winners based on the subjective they place on an individuals contribution to the commercial fishing industry as a whole.

Highliner Awards Submission