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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.

11 March 2016

Europe – and our place in it – is never far away from the forefront of politics and passionate debate. Being part of the EU affects all walks of life, but most especially fishing. Indeed, the very term Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stokes the strongest emotions within the industry: of all the people in the land and of all the home businesses, the fishing industry is among those most acutely affected by EU membership. 

Responding to the launch of a report today (24 February) by WWF calling for onboard cameras and sensors to be fitted to fishing boats to ensure compliance with the discard ban, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The discard ban applied to mixed fisheries is less than two months old and is being applied progressively, starting with a small number of species in order to properly develop how the regulation is actually applied. 

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has confirmed that it will sponsor Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016 – the fourth year in a row it has supported Scotland’s flagship fisheries exhibition.

Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016 will take place on 27 and 28 May at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. The annual show has experienced sustained growth since it was first launched in 2010 and strong interest is once again being shown in this year’s forthcoming event.

26 January 2016

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is urging Scottish parliamentarians to support local communities on the West coast by rejecting Scottish Government proposals for an overly restrictive Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Firth of Clyde.

Following widespread dismay among West coast fishing communities over initial Scottish Government measures on some West coast MPAs in June 2015, which threatened the viability of the fishing fleet, the Scottish Government issued revised proposals for three of them, which then went out for consultation.

17th December 2015

SFF Yearbook and Diary 2016 - published November - distributed to members December 2015

16 December 2015

EU talks to finalise fish catching opportunity for 2016 concluded in Brussels early this morning (16 December) with quota increases for several key Scottish stocks.

Quota rises were agreed for haddock (+30%), North Sea cod (+15%), North Sea herring (+16%), megrim (+26%), monkfish (+20%) and West coast prawns (+16%). North Sea whiting and lemon sole quotas remain the same whilst there was a drop for North Sea prawns (- 23%).

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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.

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