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16 April 2014

Commenting on the provisional statistics published today (16 April) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2013 decreased by eight per cent compared with 2012, yet the volume of seafood landed remained stable having increased by only a marginal amount, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“This alarming drop in the quayside value of seafood landed underlines the tremendous pressures faced by our fishing fleet,” he said.

The Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) has launched a new video that focuses on the role of our fishermen in sustainably harvesting fish.

The video ‘Sea to Plate – the Fisherman’ features an interview with Peter Bruce, skipper of the Budding Rose, immediately after he had landed 400 boxes of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified haddock.

1st April 2014

Following on from last Friday’s (28 March) question and answer session with Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead on the independence debate at the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation would like to make clear that the SFF’s job on the issue of independence is not to offer opinions, but to ask the hard questions and insist on realistic answers.   

27 March 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) will be attending tomorrow’s (28 March) Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference in Perth where it will be highlighting initiatives to support this crucial sector of the fishing industry.

With creel vessels representing an important element of the SFF’s constituent association membership, the Federation will be promoting its participation in the ACRUNET* initiative to support the brown crab sector.

26th March 2014

In a development likely to attract huge interest, Scottish skippers attending the forthcoming Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2014 will be able to collect free Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) stand.

24th March 2014

The successful conclusion last week of a five-day course on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) at the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA) has underlined the enthusiasm of fishermen to enhance their skills knowledge.

19 March 2014

Commenting on the announcement that the Scottish Government has given the go-ahead to a major offshore wind farm development in the Outer Moray Firth, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said:

13 March 2014

It was a mixed bag of news for Scotland’s fishermen following the signing tonight (13 March) of an EU/Faroes agreement on swaps of fish and access arrangements to each other’s waters. 

For whitefish fishermen, it means that for the first time in four years Scottish boats will now be able to fish within Faroese waters. Access had been denied in recent years because of the mackerel dispute with the Faroese, but this issue was resolved yesterday (12 March) after protracted negotiations.

13 March 2014

A trilateral agreement between the EU, Norway and the Faroes on mackerel share allocations for the north-east Atlantic have been agreed at talks in London that concluded this evening (12 March).

Whilst Iceland - the other main player - will not form part of this particular agreement, the door has been left open for them to join in the future once their internal issues with Greenland over mackerel are resolved. This new three-party agreement between the EU, Norway and the Faroes is seen as a significant breakthrough.

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16 April 2014

Commenting on the provisional statistics published today (16 April) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2013 decreased by eight per cent compared with 2012, yet the volume of seafood landed remained stable having increased by only a marginal amount, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“This alarming drop in the quayside value of seafood landed underlines the tremendous pressures faced by our fishing fleet,” he said.

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