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16 Dec 2014

The Fisheries Council talks to finalise catching opportunity for 2015 concluded in Brussels tonight (16 December) with the agreement on quotas bringing some stability for the Scottish fleet – although huge fears remain over the potential impact of the discard ban.

12 Dec 2014

Negotiations to finalise catching opportunity for 2015 will begin at the European Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (15 December) with the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) warning that the looming discard ban is casting a huge cloud of uncertainty over the fishing fleet.

5 Dec 2014

Talks between the EU and Norway to finalise catching opportunities for shared fish stocks for 2015 concluded in Clonakilty, Ireland, yesterday (4 December).

The agreement brings an element of stability for the Scottish whitefish fleet for next year, although much uncertainty still remains for subsequent years when the landing obligation, or discard ban, will start to be enforced for this sector.

1 Dec 2014

With the new landing obligation (discard ban) beginning on January 1 for our fleets catching herring and  mackerel, it is a pity that there is still a profound lack of understanding from some about the mechanics of its implementation.  Unless some contradictory laws are cleared away, come the 1 January neither the fishermen subject to the ban nor those who must police it will have a clue how to behave.  

21 Nov 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 around 245,363 tonnes.

10 Nov 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 common sense approach that achieves the twin aims of sustainable fishing and marine conservation.

5 Nov 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).

3 Nov 2014

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.”

13 Oct 2014

Scottish fishermen have welcomed the decision today (13 October) at the European Fish Council in Luxembourg to give the fishing fleet the facility to bank up to 30 per cent of this year’s mackerel quota so as to mitigate the impact of Russian trade sanctions.


Fishing for the Truth

Fishing for the Truth