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14th October 2014

Scottish fishermen have welcomed the decision this evening (13 October) at the European Fish Council in Luxembourg to give the fishing fleet the facility to bank up to 25 per cent of this year’s mackerel quota so as to mitigate the impact of Russian trade sanctions.

Commenting on the statistics published today (25 September) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2013 decreased by nine per cent compared with the previous year, yet the volume of seafood landed remained broadly the same , Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

19th September 2014

Commenting on the result of the referendum today rejecting independence for Scotland, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“Whilst the decision has been made for the constitutional status quo, as far as fishing is concerned there will most definitely need to be change in how we work together as an EU member state.

15th September 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) recently published a ‘balance-of-risk analysis’ on the implications for fishing should there be independence and there has been some discussion in recent days on the consequences for quota.

The SFF is apolitical and cannot take a view on independence (or staying with the status quo) - but it has been charged by its members to ask questions so as to provide more clarity that will enable individual fishermen to make their own minds up.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) recently published a ‘balance-of-risk analysis’ on the implications for fishing should there be independence and there has been some discussion in recent days on the consequences for quota.

The SFF is apolitical and cannot take a view on independence (or staying with the status quo) - but it has been charged by its members to ask questions so as to provide more clarity that will enable individual fishermen to make their own minds up.

12 September 2014

The new European Commissioner designate for Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, must put the interests of Europe’s fishermen as his top priority and listen to industry concerns over key issues such as the forthcoming discards ban, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

29 August 2014

The following press statement has been made by Europêche – The Association of National Organisations of Fishing Enterprises in the EU.

 

On the 7th August, the Russian Federation issued a ban on imports from the EU on a range of seafood and agricultural products for a year, or at least until the sanctions imposed by the West on Russia are lifted.

27th August 2014

Ross Dougal has been elected as the new President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at its Annual General Meeting. Previously the Vice President of the SFF and the Chairman of the Fishing Vessel Agents & Owners Association (Scotland) Ltd, Mr Dougal comes from a well-known Eyemouth fishing family and has worked in a wide variety of senior positions in the vessel management and fish selling sectors. He succeeds Alan Coghill who has been President since 2010.

21st August 2014

Tributes have been paid to Archie McFarlane, secretary of the Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA), who has died following a tragic motorcycle accident.

Archie (55), a former fisherman from Islay who became secretary of the CFA in 2009, was a tireless champion of the Firth of Clyde’s coastal fishing communities.

Kenny MacNab, chairman of the CFA said: “We are deeply saddened by Archie’s untimely death, which has come as a great shock to us all.

21st August 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has published a ‘balance-of-risk analysis’ of the replies it received from the Scottish and UK fisheries ministers on questions it raised on the implications for fishing should there be independence, or if the status quo is retained.

Document:  "Balance-of-risk analysis"

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14th October 2014

Scottish fishermen have welcomed the decision this evening (13 October) at the European Fish Council in Luxembourg to give the fishing fleet the facility to bank up to 25 per cent of this year’s mackerel quota so as to mitigate the impact of Russian trade sanctions.

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