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22 May 2013

The publication today of a scientific article by Marine Scotland on the environmental factors affecting a key fishery in the North Sea for prawns (langoustines) highlights the dynamic nature of our marine environment and the need for greater understanding of such natural fluxes, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

22 May 2013

Scottish fishermen have welcomed the announcement Tuesday(21 May) by European Commissioner Maria Damanaki that the EU has notified the Faroe Islands that it intends to impose sanctions in response to their over-fishing of the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock.

16 May 2013

Commenting on the news that the Marine Conservation Society has moved to upgrade its ‘Fish to Eat’ rating for Scottish caught mackerel so as to differentiate it from mackerel caught by Iceland and the Faroes,   Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said:

“We are pleased that the Marine Conservation Society has made this important differentiation between Scottish caught mackerel compared with that from Iceland and the Faroes. This new assessment will enable consumers to make informed choices when purchasing mackerel.

15 May 2013

A deal agreed this morning (15 May) at the European Union Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels has cleared the way for the final stage of the long overdue reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

13 May 2013

Commenting on today’s (13 May) developments at the European Union Fish Council meeting in Brussels where the EC has outlined a scheme to impose sanctions against the Faroes for its over-fishing of herring, Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said:

“We welcome this first step towards delivering a sanctions measure against the Faroese for their over-fishing of herring, which hopefully will provide new impetus that will also help resolve the issue of their excessive catching of mackerel.

12 May 2013

With mackerel being one of the topics on the agenda for discussion at tomorrow’s (13 May) European Fish Council meeting in Brussels, Scottish fishermen are urging the European Commission to use the occasion to finally impose sanctions against Iceland and the Faroes for their continuing and significant over-fishing of the north-east Atlantic mackerel stock.

10 May 2013

During a visit to the Aberdeen fisheries expo today (10 May) Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead saw at first hand the new Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) being made available to every commercial fisherman in Scotland in a new initiative led by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

9 May 2013

Large sections of the Scottish whitefish and prawn fleets are teetering on the brink of survival and there is urgent need for transitional aid to prevent the catching sector from being tipped over the edge, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is warning the Scottish Government.

8 May 2013

The Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2013 fishing show will be held this coming Friday and Saturday (10th and 11th May). At the expo, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will be featuring its new safety projects, including the Onboard Support Scheme and an exciting new initiative where every fisherman in Scotland with the correct mandatory certification will have the opportunity to apply for the latest Personnel Flotation Device (PFD) - and get it for free!

7 May 2013

SFF Services has been short-listed in the Green Business of the Year category at the 2013 Scottish Business Awards.  The company’s well-respected marine mammal observation and passive acoustic monitoring environmental work earned it an invitation to apply for this category.  The application also promoted the sustainability work of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and its constituent associations as well as projects supported by the Scottish Fishermen’s Trust.

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16 April 2014

Commenting on the provisional statistics published today (16 April) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2013 decreased by eight per cent compared with 2012, yet the volume of seafood landed remained stable having increased by only a marginal amount, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“This alarming drop in the quayside value of seafood landed underlines the tremendous pressures faced by our fishing fleet,” he said.

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