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21st November 2014

Agreement has been reached on catching opportunities for north-east Atlantic mackerel for 2015 following negotiations between the EU, Norway and the Faroes.

Under the agreement, which follows scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea that is underpinned by the precautionary principle, a total allowable catch of 1,054,000 tonnes has been set, which will give the UK a quota of 245,363 tonnes.

10 November 2014

With the consultation on the management of 11 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scotland set to be launched by the Scottish Government tomorrow (11 November), the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is calling for a commonsense approach that achieves the twin aims of sustainable fishing and marine conservation.

6th November 2014

Europêche press release on their 'Seafood Showcase Cocktail Reception' hosted in the European Parliament last night.

The reception was a huge success with over 300 people attending, including :-  Malcolm Morrison SFF; Mike Park SWFPA; MEPs; Commission officials and Permanent Representations.

 

 

5th November 2014

The main focus for both the Scottish and UK Governments must be on supporting Scotland’s fishing industry so as to create an environment where the fleet can prosper and concentrate on its prime business of supplying a nutritious and sustainable food, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) President Ross Dougal will tell guests at the SFF’s annual dinner in Edinburgh tonight (5 November).

Commenting on the loss of the Fraserburgh- registered trawler Ocean Way, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “We are greatly saddened by this tragic news and our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the crew at this very difficult time.

“This terrible accident highlights the very real dangers our fishermen face on a constant basis and is a sober reminder of the important role fishing plays in putting food on our plates.”

31st October 2014

 

Principles underpinning the SFF submission to the Smith Commission

2014-10-13 SFF Letter to Lord Smith of Kelvin

 

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.

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.

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21st November 2014

Agreement has been reached on catching opportunities for north-east Atlantic mackerel for 2015 following negotiations between the EU, Norway and the Faroes.

Under the agreement, which follows scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea that is underpinned by the precautionary principle, a total allowable catch of 1,054,000 tonnes has been set, which will give the UK a quota of 245,363 tonnes.

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