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SFF Inshore Fisheries Policy Brexit and beyond

Introduction – Inshore Fisheries

Geographically and politically for the purposes of management, the area defined as inshore extends to 6nm from land, but fixed definitions of what the inshore is are not helpful. The 6nm does not contain the limits of the inshore fishery, nor does it limit the access of the offshore fishery to […]

SFF lays out Brexit fishing requirements to Commons Select Committee on Brexit

At an evidence session of the Commons Brexit Select Committee today (19 December) at Aberdeen University, Bertie Armstrong from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and  Michael Bates from the Scottish Seafood Association together  laid out the considerable prize that Brexit will bring for sustainable food production and the revitalisation of coastal communities.

The principal points made in […]

December 19th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

EU Fisheries Council sets 2017 fish catching opportunities

The EU Fisheries Council to finalise catching opportunities for 2017 has concluded early this morning (14 December) in Brussels with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome for […]

Crucial talks on fish catching opportunity for 2017 set to get underway

Negotiations to finalise fish catching opportunities for 2017 will begin at the annual EU Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (12 December).

The negotiations are especially significant for the UK as this will be the first end-of-the-year  EU Council meeting to decide upon annual quotas since the Brexit vote.

Many quota shares have already been finalised […]

December 9th, 2016|Brexit, Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

Scots fishing industry in cross-party support call over Brexit

Ahead of tomorrow’s fisheries debate (7 December) in the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is highlighting to MSPs the importance of cross-party support to ensure Scotland’s fishing communities benefit from the opportunities presented by Brexit.

Tomorrow’s debate will focus on our sea fisheries and the end-of-the-year EU Fish Council which commences next week (12 […]

December 6th, 2016|Brexit|

Scots fishermen express disappointment at EU-Norway blue whiting catch arrangements

Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment at the blue whiting catch arrangements for 2017 finalised at the EU-Norway talks for shared stocks which concluded in Bergen on 2 December.

The agreement, which the Scottish negotiating team voted against, will see an increased access arrangement for Norway, which will enable them to catch 68% of their […]

December 5th, 2016|IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation scoops green energy award

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) scooped a prestigious Scottish Green Energy Award for its work in enabling the fishing fleet to diversify into the offshore wind sector.

 The SFF and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were jointly nominated by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd for the ‘Contribution to Skills’ award in recognition of their efforts in enabling active […]

December 2nd, 2016|General News|

Scots fishing industry underlines to MPs the sea of opportunity from Brexit

With MPs due to debate the future of the UK fishing industry in the House of Commons tomorrow (1 December), the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is underlining the real opportunity for sustainable economic growth that Brexit can deliver for our coastal communities.

The UK’s two main representative organisations for fishing, the SFF and the National Federation […]

November 30th, 2016|Brexit, Domestic Fisheries Policy|

UK fishermen’s federations adopt united stance on Brexit

The UK’s two main representative organisations for commercial fishermen – the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) – have agreed upon common principles to ensure the best possible deal for coastal communities in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

 The two federations met in Edinburgh on Friday 25 November and agreed the […]

November 28th, 2016|Brexit, Domestic Fisheries Policy, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

New President for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

Ian Gatt, the chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, has been elected as the new President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at its annual general meeting.

He takes over from Ross Dougal who had stepped down from the role due to ill health. A former fishermen and a past president of the SFF, […]

November 3rd, 2016|General News, SFF|