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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.

7th October 2013

Commenting on today’s (7 October) ministerial reshuffle that saw Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland, and UK Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon, leave their posts, to be replaced by Alistair Carmichael and George Eustice respectively, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation said:

Scottish fishermen have welcomed the latest scientific assessment of mackerel abundance which reveals that the stock is in robust health.

The Total Allowable Catch advice for the north-east Atlantic in 2013 was 542,000 tonnes but now the advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea is for an increase of 64% to 889,886 tonnes for 2014.

2nd October 2013

There is little indication of how the impending introduction of a discards ban will work in practice and if badly implemented the consequences could lead to serious socio-economic difficulties for fragile fishing communities, Alan Coghill, president of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, will tell guests attending the SFF’s annual dinner in Edinburgh tonight (2 October).

30 September 2013


The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is today (30 September) launching a new website that will provide a true reflection of commercial fishing in Scotland and counter the inaccurate and negative portrayal of the industry that has become prominent in recent years.

25th September 2013

Stocks in the seas around Shetland are recovering well, but the men who know these waters are not free to look after them, writes Simon Collins, executive officer of Shetland Fishermen’s Association


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