14July 2016

SFF Services welcomes visit from Australian counterparts

July 14th, 2016|General News, SFF Services|

Following on from earlier meetings, John Harrison, chief executive of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC), this week visited the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) looking to pick up pointers for the setting up of a commercial services company with which to engage with the oil industry in Australia.

Over the last couple of years, the […]

5July 2016

SFF outlines to Rural Economy Secretary the opportunities leaving the EU brings to our fisheries

July 5th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) met with Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing today (4 July) in Glasgow where it underlined the positive impact leaving the EU would have on the way our fisheries are managed.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We outlined to the Minister the unanimous view of our membership of the real and […]

29June 2016

Appointment of marine scientist will boost fish stock conservation

June 29th, 2016|General News|

In a landmark development, the representative association for Scotland’s mackerel and herring fishermen has appointed a Chief Scientific Officer to spearhead marine research to boost our understanding of key pelagic fish stocks and improve their management.

The appointment of Dr Steven Mackinson by the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) represents an innovative new approach to fisheries […]

28June 2016

EU referendum result gives real hope for Scotland’s fishing communities

June 28th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

The European Union referendum result last week, which took so many in the country by surprise, opened up hope and ambition for Scotland’s fishing communities.   There is now real opportunity to implement sustainable and rationale stewardship of our fisheries, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive said:  “After many years – in […]

24June 2016

Following EU referendum leave vote, the work now begins to get best deal for fishing

June 24th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News|

Commenting on the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The result of the referendum brings both opportunities and challenges for the fishing industry and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the best possible deal […]

21June 2016

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

June 21st, 2016|Brexit, General News|

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 […]

21June 2016

Our selective fishing gear is a real catch

June 21st, 2016|General News|

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 […]

20June 2016

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

June 20th, 2016|General News|

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 […]

25May 2016

SFF at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016

May 25th, 2016|General News, SFF|

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 […]

19May 2016

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

May 19th, 2016|Marine Protected Areas|

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 […]