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25th May 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 will include highlighting the work of the Gear Innovation Technology and Advisory Group (GITAG), which is currently engaged in trials with skippers to develop innovative fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

19th May 2016

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 sustainable measures to help ensure that the marine environment is in a condition that benefits all stakeholders. 

18th May 2016

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 fishing plays such an important part.

17th May 2016

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.

12 May 2016

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 MSC certification, which was achieved on 11 May.

10th May 2016

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).

4 May 2016

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 in ensuring our nation’s food security plus a sound pillar to underpin economic growth.

13th April 2016

Overcoming the impact of so-called ‘choke stocks’ will be one of the principal challenges facing fisheries managers to ensure the discard ban does not wreak havoc on the viability of the Scottish fishing fleet.

This is the view of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) who fear that choke species – fish where all quota has been fully utilised - have the potential to close fisheries down early. This is likely to be a particular problem in demersal mixed fisheries where a variety of species are caught at the same time.

4th April, 2016

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in the Buchan Observer’s Fishing in Focus feature

I can’t recall a time in the past when I’ve opened the SFF’s annual Fishing in Focus feature on a positive note – which is why I am so happy to do so this time around.

24 March 2016

SFF Services Ltd (SFFSL) - the commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) - has made several key management changes in a move that will help broaden the company’s portfolio for the offshore marine sector.

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25th May 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 will include highlighting the work of the Gear Innovation Technology and Advisory Group (GITAG), which is currently engaged in trials with skippers to develop innovative fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

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