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Special instruction sessions for fishermen on how to use free Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) currently available under a Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) led safety initiative will be held in Orkney and Shetland on November 25 and 26.


The below article appeared in the Press & Journal newspaper on 18 November, 2013

Quota cuts imposed to save cod from extinction could actually be harming the North Sea – because the species is now so strong it is eating too many other fish.

Boats have been tied up and fishermen forced out of work by catch restrictions imposed by fears that stocks were perilously low.

From scallops to saithe, and haddock to herring, Scottish fishermen are leading the way in sustainable harvesting with a significant number of our fisheries now independently certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for their responsible management.

The flagship ecolabel certification enables consumers to make informed choices when purchasing seafood and the increasing number of Scottish fisheries participating in the programme underlines the commitment of Scottish fishermen in ensuring a sustainable future.

6th November 2013

Fraserburgh skipper David (Davy) Milne has been re-elected as Chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) in a move that underlines the widespread respect he holds within the Association.

His re-election as Chairman at the Association’s recent AGM will be his third term in the role – during which time he has been ably supported by Vice-Chairman William (Bill) Wiseman, who was also re-elected for a further year in the deputy position.

30th October 2013

Commenting on today’s (30 October) proposals from the European Commission for fishing opportunities for 2014 for some stocks in the Atlantic and North Sea, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

23rd October 2013

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) will tomorrow (24 October) host a visit to the major fishing port of Peterhead by the UK’s new fisheries minister, George Eustice, and Scots Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael where they will experience first hand the breadth and depth of the Scottish fishing industry and the infrastructure that supports it. 

20 October 2013


European Union mackerel fishermen – including from Scotland – will meet with EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki in Brussels tomorrow (21 October) to discuss crucial negotiations that will resume later this week (23 to 25 October) in London with Iceland and the Faroes to try and resolve the protracted dispute over mackerel quotas.

The EU and Norway are in dispute with Iceland and the Faroese following their move four years ago to unilaterally increase their mackerel quotas by massive amounts outwith an international management plan.

16th October 2013

Two productive meetings were held yesterday (15 October) between the Scottish pelagic industry and new UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice and Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael to discuss a range of pelagic issues, including mackerel.

The Charity Quiz Night is back popular demand on Thursday 31st October 2013. 

This time, the event will coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and funds raised will be split equally between two charities. 

15th October 2013

To complete our team, three fisheries observers are required to collect data for the Independent Onboard Observer Scheme which supports and informs the joint Industry/Government Fisheries Management and Conservation Group.

Observers are required to undertake sampling aboard commercial fishing vessels to collect data and report on the catch.  New work streams are envisaged in support of various Marine Scotland fisheries management initiatives.


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30th January 2015

A ground-breaking new initiative to encourage youngsters to consider a career in commercial fishing is being launched in secondary schools in Aberdeenshire.

The pilot scheme led by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) aims to secure the future of Scottish fishing by encouraging a new generation of fishermen or women to go to sea. Fishing is worth around £430m to the Scottish economy and also supports a wide range of associated industries.

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