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25 Jul 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) met with UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice on July 24 during a visit to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

An early morning tour of Peterhead fishmarket hosted by John Wallace, chief executive of Peterhead Port Authority, gave the minister a useful insight into the operation of Europe’s largest whitefish port, and the chance to hear industry concerns from both the catching and processing sectors.

24 Jul 2014

The designation today (24 July) by the Scottish Government of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the Scottish coast is the result of co-operation and consultation involving a wide range of marine stakeholders, including Scotland’s fishermen.

22 Jul 2014

Scottish fishermen will highlight key issues of concern for the catching sector when they meet with UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice in the ports of Peterhead and Fraserburgh this Thursday  (24 July).

Catching opportunities for 2015 and the impact of the forthcoming discards ban will be at the forefront of fishermen’s minds during these discussions.

27 Jun 2014

Fish stocks in the North and West of Europe are recovering, says Maria Damanaki, European Fisheries Commissioner commenting upon this year’s report on the state of fish stocks and the preparation for the setting of next year’s (2015) fishing quotas.

In the north-east Atlantic (including the North Sea and the Baltic) overfishing has fallen from 86% (30 stocks out of 35 assessed in 2009) to 41% (19 out of 46 stocks) in 2014. Many more stocks are now known not to be overfished and the number of assessed stocks has also recovered over recent years.

27 Jun 2014

The impressive partnership approach of multi-national fisheries working together in a bid to deliver Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for north-east Atlantic mackerel underlines the commitment of northern European pelagic fishermen to sustainable fishing.

26 Jun 2014

The debate on the future management of fisheries in the Firth of Clyde must be based on fact rather than inaccurate scaremongering, says the Clyde Fishermen's Association (CFA).

11 Jun 2014

Scottish fishermen are warning that today’s announcement (11 June) that the European Commission and the Faroes have reached a preliminary agreement to end their dispute over quota shares of herring must ensure that the Faroese are not rewarded for their unsustainable fishing practices.

6 Jun 2014

The latest rather bizarre stamp issue by Royal Mail featuring ‘sustainable’ and ‘threatened fish’ in UK waters underlines the engrained and often totally erroneous perceptions of our fisheries that still unfortunately persists, and which fails to recognise the significant success story of stock recovery of recent years.

The stamps feature four sustainable species – herring, red gurnard, dab, pouting and Cornish sardine, and four ‘threatened’ species – common skate, spiny dogfish, wolf-fish, sturgeon and conger eel.

27 May 2014

An Isle of Coll fisherman has told for the first time how his life was saved by wearing a Personal Flotation Device and is now urging all fishermen the importance of wearing such equipment at all times.

Dougie Brown was fishing off Coll on his vessel Seafarer III when he fell overboard after trying to clear a snagged rope. Luckily, Dougie had made the conscious decision many years ago to improve his chances of survival should he fall into the water by wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).

13 May 2014

New rules banning fishermen from throwing away unwanted fish they have caught could harm wildlife - and fail to improve fish stocks, a University of Strathclyde report has found.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests new reforms to the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) - ending the practice of throwing away unwanted fish caught at sea - may have unintended consequences. The new CFP took effect on 1 January 2014 and will phase out the discarding of fish between 2015 and 2019.

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26 January 2016

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is urging Scottish parliamentarians to support local communities on the West coast by rejecting Scottish Government proposals for an overly restrictive Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Firth of Clyde.

Following widespread dismay among West coast fishing communities over initial Scottish Government measures on some West coast MPAs in June 2015, which threatened the viability of the fishing fleet, the Scottish Government issued revised proposals for three of them, which then went out for consultation.

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