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19th December 2013

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has paid tribute to Honorary President, Willie Hay CBE, who sadly passed away yesterday. Willie Hay (left) with First Minister Alex Salmond at the Scottish Fishermen's Federation's 40th anniversary dinner held earlier this year.

19 December 2013

The First Minister has paid tribute to Willie Hay CBE, former President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, who died yesterday.

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

17th December 2013

The threat of a further cut in the number of days that Scottish fishing vessels can put to sea has been averted.

This was one of the key outcomes from the EC Fish Council that concluded in Brussels this evening (17 December). With key fish stocks such as North Sea cod now increasing in size, Scots fishermen were pressing for a freeze in fishing effort, given that any further reduction in fishing days would have placed an unbearable economic burden on the fleet for absolutely no conservation gain.

13th December 2013

With crucial EC Fish Council talks getting underway next week (16 and 17 December) to decide upon catching opportunity for 2014, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is warning that every effort must be focused on ensuring that the fishing fleet is not hit by further cuts in the number of days that vessels can put to sea next year.

10th December 2013

With one of the final votes taking place in the European Parliament today (10 December) that will lead to the new Common Fisheries Policy coming into force, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is warning that the new CFP has some fundamental flaws.

Three of the core principles of the new CFP are enhanced regional control, a ban on discards (land-all obligation) and a move towards the concept of ‘Maximum Sustainable Yield’ (the largest catch that can be taken from a stock over an indefinite period).

4 December 2013


The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has confirmed that it will sponsor the Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen commercial fisheries show on 30 and 31 May 2014 in a move that highlights the strong industry support for the event.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said the Aberdeen show was now firmly established in the industry calendar and provided a vital showcase for the Scottish fishing sector.

4 December 2013

Commenting on the announcement by the UK Government today that it will cut support for onshore wind power, but will give more subsidies for offshore wind energy projects, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) is bringing its free Personal Flotation Device ‘roadshow’ event to Scrabster on Wednesday 27 November.

At the event hosted by the RNLI, fishermen who have applied for a free PFD will be able to pick up their devices and receive free personal instruction on their use. Fishermen who haven’t yet applied are also welcome to attend where they will have the opportunity to collect an application form and find out more about the initiative.


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21st May 2015

Dougie Brown, 52, from the Isle of Coll, experienced a brush with death after being tossed into the water from his fishing boat on 14th February 2014. Had it not been for his personal flotation device (PFD), and as a weak swimmer, the fisherman would have most certainly died.

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