The world’s oldest weekly commercial fishing industry newspaper Fishing News will be celebrating its 100th anniversary (in its April 12th edition).

Fishermen have gone through a lot of highs and lows during its publication and currently seem to be fighting their case even more via the European Courts.

Fishing is dangerous and unpredictable. Hardship and tragedy are facts of everyday life in the UK’s fishing. For those lost, there are grieving families left ashore often without the support they need.

Cormac Burke editor of Fishing News and its sister publication Fishing News International wanted to show his appreciation for the work that The Fishermen’s Mission doing by linking it to the 100th Anniversary of these two Intrafish publications.

“I was a deep sea fisherman myself for some 16 years and have seen first hand the risks these brave men have to put up with every time they go to sea. Many work single handed on the inshore fisheries whilst others work on the trawlers that can be at sea for days, all looking for that important catch.

“The Fishermen’s’Mission charity provides care, compassion and support to working, retired, and disabled fishermen and their families. All coastal regions have their Mission Port Officers and these are available seven days a week to offer support. I feel it is now our turn to offer support to those that work for the Mission,” said Cormac.

To say thank you Cormac plans to do a parachute jump in Nottinghamshire on the 13th April with all monies raised going to the Fishermen’s Mission.

A Just Giving page has been set up for anyone wishing to sponsor Cormac. http://www.justgiving.com/Cormac-Burke-FM-jump. Please dig deep into your pockets and support the Fishermen’s Mission – no donation is too small. Every time you see a fishing vessel leaving a harbour you will know that you are helping them in times of need.

Fishermen’s Mission (Charity Registration No. England & Wales No 232822, Scotland No SC039088)