/2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation encouraged by first meeting with new Fisheries Minister

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) had their first introductory meeting with Fergus Ewing, the new Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, yesterday afternoon (20 June).

Speaking after the meeting, Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We were encouraged by our first meeting with the Minister.

“The SFF and the Cabinet Secretary were able to agree readily on […]

June 21st, 2016|Brexit, General News|

Our selective fishing gear is a real catch

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in The Scotsman newspaper on 21 June 2016.

Among the many good news stories about fishing in recent years has been how innovation by our fishermen has spearheaded new designs of selective fishing gear that helps to conserve stocks.

One of the difficult […]

June 21st, 2016|General News|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to meet with new Scots Fishing Minister

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) will hold its first meeting today (20 June) with Fergus Ewing, the new Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for fishing.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, says this initial meeting with the Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary in Edinburgh will enable the fishing industry to outline its key priorities.

“The fish […]

June 20th, 2016|General News, SFF|

SFF at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, who is sponsoring Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016, will have an open stand at this week’s event (28 and 29 May) where the team will be on hand to provide information on a whole range of current issues, including marine safety and the latest updates on various aspects of fisheries policy.
This […]

May 25th, 2016|General News, SFF|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation throws its support behind Fair Isle Marine Protected Area proposal

A proposal for a ‘Demonstration and Research’ Marine Protected Area around Fair Isle has won the support of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

The proposal, which has been put forward by the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI), aims to demonstrate, through research and dissemination, the effectiveness of a community-led partnership approach in achieving […]

May 19th, 2016|Marine Protected Areas|

SFF comment on the appointment of new Fisheries Minister

Commenting on the appointment of Fergus Ewing as the new Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for fishing (Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary), Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“We welcome the appointment of the new Minister and are pleased that this new cabinet position is focused on Scotland’s rural economy, of which […]

May 18th, 2016|General News|

Fife Fishermen’s Association joins the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is pleased to announce that at its recent Executive Committee meeting an application for membership from the Fife Fishermen’s Association (FFA) was unanimously accepted.

The Fife Fishermen’s Association becomes the 10th constituent association in membership of the SFF along with the Anglo-Scottish Fishermen’s Association, Clyde Fishermen’s Association, Fishing Vessel Agents & […]

May 17th, 2016|General News, SFF|

Iconic Scottish mackerel fishery achieves prestigious Marine Stewardship Council ecolabel

The commitment of Scottish pelagic fishermen to a sustainable future has been underlined by the certification of the North East Atlantic mackerel fishery with the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel.

Over 700 northern European mackerel fishing vessels from Scotland, Denmark, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France and Lithuania participated in the […]

May 12th, 2016|Sustainability / Environment|

Encouraging results from fishing trials with new trawl design for reducing unwanted catches

Preliminary fishing trials using a new design of prawn trawl developed to reduce unwanted bycatches of fish have produced encouraging results.

The prototype trawl, which is the brainchild of fishing skipper Jimmy Buchan and netmaker Mark Buchan of Jackson Trawls, is designed to aid North Sea prawn fishermen comply with new Landing Obligation regulations (discard ban).

Working […]

Fishing must be top priority for next Government

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in The Scotsman on 4 May 2016

Fishing is so very important to Scotland and one of our country’s greatest renewable natural resources. When the oil and gas has gone, we will still have fish in the sea and a fundamental keystone […]

May 4th, 2016|General News|