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NFFO Commemorates Life of Dave Bevan – Former General Manager of NFFO Services Limited, Dave Bevan, has passed away after a short illness and Covid related complications. Dave took over the Services mantle from George Traves MBE, who had established the Federation’s commercial division in 1984. From January 1995 to his retirement in December 2011 Dave took the company to new strengths.

Dave was known and appreciated as a straight-talking individual with a wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of the fishing industry, based on has experience as a skipper fishing out of his home port Scarborough. The relationships that he fostered, and built upon with the oil and gas, renewables and cables industry, were the foundation of a highly successful commercial operation.

His life was not unmarked by personal tragedy. He was author of a book, Ship Ashore, an eyewitness account of the stranding of the Port Sunlight, the last ship stranded at Flamborough head. He also raised money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Tough when necessary, but jovial in turn, Dave built up a huge network of contacts across sectors. Those relationships are a prerequisite for successfully mediating the coexistence of different industries operating offshore. The 25th anniversary dinner for NFFO Services Limited in the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York was a fitting tribute to Dave’s efforts and the business and personal relationships that he had established.

The benefits of Dave’s work in NFFO Services have been felt by the fishing industry well beyond the obvious advantages of mutual respect between differing seabed users. In addition to supporting the NFFO’s representative work, the revenues generated by Dave and his team supported the NFFO Training Trust, which has brought direct benefits to young fishermen and to the whole industry through grants for safety equipment.

Dave is survived by his wife and son, daughter-in-law and grand-daughter, to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathies for their grievous and premature loss.