Useful Links

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
CEFAS is the UK government scientific research and advisory centre working in fisheries management, environmental protection and aquaculture.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
DEFRA are the UK government ministerial department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Their broad remit means they play a major role in people’s day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink, and are supported by 33 agencies and public bodies.

European Commission: Fisheries Directorate General
The mission of the directorate-general for Fisheries is to manage the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in order to provide the basis for sustainable fisheries within and beyond Community waters, taking into account environmental, economic and social aspects and applying good governance principles.

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
The EMFF is the mechanism for EU funding for fisheries for the period 2014 – 2020. In Scotland it is managed by Marine Scotland and this link
Gives details of all eligible projects and advice on applying for grants.

European Parliament
Official website of European Parliament

Fisheries and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
The Fishery Industries Division (FII) of FAO is concerned with the development of fisheries technology, information, policy and strategies for FAO Members.

Fish Industry Training Association (Highlands & Islands) Ltd. (FITA)
Seafish Approved Training Provider with Seafish Approved Trainers and Courses.

Fishing for Litter
The project is designed to reduce the amount of marine litter in our seas by physically removing it and to highlight the importance of good waste management amongst the fleet. Fishing for Litter is a simple idea. Participating vessels are given hardwearing bags to collect marine litter that is caught in their nets during their normal fishing activities.

Filled bags are deposited in participating harbours on the quayside where they are moved by harbour staff to a dedicated skip or bin for disposal. Operational or galley waste generated on board, and hence the responsibility of the vessel, continues to go through established harbour waste management systems.The project provides the bags and covers all waste costs.

Fishing for the Truth
The website – – intends to provide a factual information resource on fishing that amongst other things will highlight the increasing size of the majority of our stocks in the north-east Atlantic and the numerous conservation initiatives undertaken by the industry in recent years that has heralded this remarkable recovery.

FLTC Services Limited and their FishSAFE web site help fishermen to fish safely in UK waters and provide detailed information in five languages about oil and gas related surface and subsea structures.

Food Standards Agency
The Food Standards Agency is an independent food safety watchdog set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public’s health and consumer interests in relation to food.

International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES)
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is a global organisation that develops science and advice to support the sustainable use of the oceans.

ICES is a network of more than 4000 scientists from over 350 marine institutes in 20 member countries and beyond. 1600 scientists participate in our activities annually. Through strategic partnerships our work also extends into the Arctic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean.

Joint Nature Conservancy Council (JNCC)
JNCC is the Statutory Nature Conservation body, which in terms of Fishing, gives advice to the Scottish Government on all matters relating to the conservation of marine species and habitats in Scottish Waters from 12nm to 200nm. They have an office in Aberdeen.

KIMO was founded in 1990 by local authorities, from around the North Sea, with a shared concern for the state of the environment. KIMO is designed to give municipalities a political voice at the international level, to share best practice and to find solutions to marine political problems that affect coastal communities. The Partnership also developed the Fishing for Litter project.

Kingfisher Information Service – Cable Awareness
Project aimed at improving both safety for fishermen and protection of submarine cables.

Kingfisher Yellow Card
Provision of positions of suspended wellheads.

Marine Management Organisation MMO
MMO is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs who licence, regulate and plan marine activities in the seas around England and Wales so that they’re carried out in a sustainable way.

Marine Scotland
Marine Scotland (MS) is the directorate of the Scottish Government responsible for the integrated management of all Scotland’s seas

Marine Scotland Science
MSS is the part of Marine Scotland, based at the Marine Lab in Aberdeen, which provides expert scientific and technical advice to Government on marine and freshwater fisheries, aquaculture and the protection of the aquatic environment.

Maritime and Coastguard Agencies. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s primary role is to develop, promote and enforce high standards of marine safety. Safer lives, safer ships, cleaner seas.

NAFC Marine Centre
The NAFC Marine Centre is an educational and scientific institute, located in Shetland.The Centre delivers training and education, carries our research and development, and provides consultancy, advisory and other services for the maritime industries. The Centre is operated by a charitable trust (the Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust) and employs about 40 people. The Centre has co-ordinated responses to the North Sea Stock Fishers survey and has a link to the results on its website.

National Federation of Fishermen`s Organisations (NFFO)
The NFFO is the main representative body for fishermen in England and Wales.

North East Fishermen’s Training Association (NEFTA)
Facilitating multi-disciplinary training for fishermen working on a diverse and modern fleet of vessels.

North Sea Commission
The North Sea Commission is a politically led organization structured around 5 thematic focus areas that cover the mutual interests of its member regions it focuses its work on 5 thematic areas that support and complement the implementation of the North Sea Region 2020 strategy paper. The focus areas are:

North Sea Advisory Council (NSAC)
NSAC is a membership organisation established in 2004 to provide greater stakeholder involvement in fisheries management. It is one of seven Advisory Councils within Europe which prepares and provides advice to the EU & Commission on the management of fisheries in the North Sea (ICES Area IV) on behalf of its members; fisheries organisations and other stakeholders including environmental organisations.

North West Waters Advisory Council (NWWAC)
The NWWAC is a membership organisation established to provide greater stakeholder involvement in fisheries management. It is one of seven Advisory Councils within Europe which prepares and provides advice to the EU & Commission on the management of fisheries in North West Waters (ICES Area Vb (EC Waters) VI & VII) on behalf of its members; fisheries organisations and other stakeholders including environmental organisations.

Oil and gas surface and subsea obstructions
Information and charts on surface and subsea oil and gas related installations for the UK continental shelf area charts which show all the surface and subsea oil and gas related installations for the UK continental shelf area.

Oil and Gas UK
The trade association for the UK offshore industry

Pelagic Advisory Council (PAC)
The Pelagic AC prepares and provides advice on the management of pelagic fish stocks on behalf of the fisheries sector and other stakeholders. It covers the pelagic stocks of all the areas, excluding the stocks in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

Scottish Fisheries Museum
Situated in a wonderful collection of historic buildings on the harbour of a small and beautiful fishing port, we are a charitable trust which has become a national institution with an international reputation.

Scottish Natural Heritage
SNH is the statutory nature conservation advisor to the Scottish Government, which in fishing terms means that they currently advise on all issues relating to marine habitats and species out to the 12nm limit.

Scottish Parliament
The official website of the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association
Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association website.

Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association
Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association website.


Seafish is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) set up by the Fisheries Act 1981 to improve efficiency and raise standards across the seafood industry. It is funded by a levy on the first sale of seafood products in the UK, including imported seafood.

At Seafish, our mission is to support a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for the seafood industry. Our remit includes everything – and everyone – from fishermen and processors through to importers, retailers and food service providers.

As an organisation, we also take a great interest in the consumer: the people who buy and eat seafood. Maintaining a well-regulated seafood industry which delivers high-quality, safe, sustainable seafood to UK consumers is one of our highest priorities.

Seafood Scotland
Seafood Scotland was set up “by the industry for the industry” in 1999 to increase the
value of return to the Scottish seafood sector.  Seafood Scotland, in its role as an inter branch organisation under Article 13 of Council Regulation (EC) 104/2000 will undertake measures of common interest that benefit the seafood sector.

The board of Seadfood Scotland consists of representatives from the Scottish catching, seafood processing and fish farming sectors, with board meetings joined by observers from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

Dealing with all seafood species, Seafood Scotland is a non-political organisation that works throughout the supplychain

Seas At Risk
An independent federation of environmental organisations for the protection of the marine environment.

Shetland Fishermen’s Association
Shetland Fishermen’s Association website.

Shipping Forecast
Up-to-date shipping forecasts for around the British Isles.

U.K. Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund Limited
U.K. Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund Limited is a joint venture between SFF, NFFO and Oil and Gas UK Limited its primary objective being to promote or supply information systems and devices to help mariners in relation to oil and gas surface and sub sea structures in UK waters.

WWF-UK works on both global and local environmental issues.