Federation Recognises Success of Young Skippers

The Federation of Commercial Fishermen extends congratulations to Lynise Eden from Ashburton and Scott Fletcher from Tauranga who are the joint recipents of the first ANZ Young Skipper Scholarship 2010.

We are proud to see young people challenging career opportunities in order to progress within our very dynamic industry. The industry, particularly the inshore catching sector needs bright young people to bolster an aging industry and to provide for succession and advancement within the sector so that its survival and enhancement is assured into the future.

Well done Lynise and Scott. We are proud of your achievements.

Two Young New Zealanders Receive ANZ Skipper Scholarship

ANZ bank today announced that two young New Zealanders have jointly been awarded a $10 000 scholarship to help them become skippers.

The two recipients, Lynise Eden from Ashburton and Scott Fletcher from Tauranga are members of New Zealand's seafood industry and will share the ANZ scholarship to help them become qualified skippers.

New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Chief Executive, Peter Bodeker said it was a wonderful opportunity that ANZ has provided for these two young members of New Zealand's seafood industry.

"We would like to thank ANZ for providing this scholarship which will enable the two recipients' progress their careers," he said.

Lynise Eden will use her scholarship to fund the course component of the Inshore Launchmaster qualification. This will allow her to become a coastal fishing skipper.

Scott Fletcher will use his scholarship to fund the course component of the Offshore Watchkeeper course. He started out in a fishing factory and has already achieved a number of qualifications.

The scholarship was announced by ANZ at the New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference in May this year and both recipients will use the scholarship to continue their studies in the New Year.