Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Safety Officer Derek Cardno is to be honoured with the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.

It is in recognition of his commitment to promoting safety within the industry, particularly leading a campaign to ensure fishermen across Scotland wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) while at sea.

Mr Cardno, a working fisherman himself, said: “These devices are specially designed to be worn on deck and not restrict manoeuvrability, while ensuring that fishermen who end up in the water will float – buying them time for recovery.

“The project has resulted in fishermen talking about fishing safety round the galley table.

“Wearing a PFD is about giving the user a second chance should they end up in the water. Survival times without flotation on are recorded at less than 10 minutes.

“The aim of the project was to give fishermen instruction and encouragement in the use of PFDs – this was accomplished in the vast majority of cases and prompted some fantastic discussions about fishing safety that, hopefully, will have a lasting effect.”

The medal will be presented by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, at a ceremony in Trinity House on Wednesday 26thSeptember.

Mr Cardno said he was grateful to the Federation for its continued support and resources that allow him to promote improved safety.