We understand the life behind fishing and what it means to be a fisherman

We support active and former fishermen, sea-going staff working the in the UK aquaculture industry, and migrant fishermen working on UK vessels. Our team provide a 24-hour emergency response to any fishing vessel working in UK waters, assisting with injury, or loss at sea.


140 years of being a part of the lives of our fishermen and their families. The uncertainty, the dangers and the hardships

Formed after seeing the Black Friday tragedy in Eyemouth in 1881, providing support during two world wars and the triple trawler tragedies of 1968, our history spans a lifetime of supporting fishermen throughout their lives.




Black Friday at Eyemouth 

189 fishermen died close to the shore, watched by their wives, children and a devoted Christian from the Thames Church Mission, called Ebenezer Mather.



Ebenezer Mather decides to set up the National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, to provide a ministry to fishermen and help improve their health. It had the motto ‘Preach the Word; Heal the Sick’.


We have a hard-working team who bring their expertise and compassion into helping our fishermen and their families 

Chief Executive Marc, Standing in front of a Blue, red and white fishermen's mission flag

Marc Evans

Chief Executive

Business Director Ali, Standing infront of a green wall wearing a suit

Ali Godfrey

Director of Business Development & Deputy Chief Executive

Dean Lawrence

Dean Lawrence

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Mary Barber

Mary Barber

Operations Manager


Our roots are firmly based in our Christian faith

All our work is based in the roots of our Christian faith, accepting all without judgement. We take the compassion of Christ to our fishing communities, purposefully reaching out to fishermen and their families, providing practical and emotional support with every step and milestone.

Christian heritage


Our friends and partners are a vital part of our family

Our friends and supporters are part of our family.  We don’t receive government or lottery funding – we rely on their vital support to be able to continue with our work.



Rick Stein and The Stein Restaurant Family

Rick, Jill and the family have been friends to us for many years now. From fundraising in the restaurants to supporting our social media campaigns, we have been so grateful for their help. We are very proud that Rick is also a Vice Patron.


Rick Stein

Nathan Outlaw

Nathan Outlaw

Nathan’s philosophy has always been to source great ingredients, so he has gone out to sea and understands the life of a fisherman. When there are incidents, huge storms or challenging times, Nathan wants to know what we are doing to support fishing families. His supportive family and wonderful team have told our story to thousands of their customers, and they have responded with generous donations. We are immensely proud to have Nathan as a Vice Patron.



English's Brighton

English’s of Brighton

Blending modern and traditional seafood dishes in the heart of historic Brighton, English’s have supported us for over seven years by adding a 50p donation to their Sussex Ale Battered Fish & Chips, raising over £14,000 for the charity.

English’s of Brighton 

SeaFood and Eat it

Seafood and Eat It

A family-run business that has supported us for a number of years by donating much appreciated food hampers for our clients at Christmas.

Seafood and eat it


Our reports and accounts share information about our work, strategy and finances

We know that you will want to learn more about us if you are interested in supporting or joining our team. Here you can find all the information that you will need.

reviews reports


We are on a journey and we would like you to join us

Our commitment to our values is unwavering. Diverse and inclusive teams help us to serve our communities better. We want to grow a team that includes people with a variety of backgrounds, skills and views. Whatever makes you unique is welcome.