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24 Apr 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has written to the Scottish and UK fisheries ministers outlining key questions that must be answered from both sides of the independence referendum debate on the implications for fishing should there be constitutional change.

The changed relationship with Europe would be of profound importance to the Scottish Fishing Industry, as would the altered fishing opportunity.  According to the SFF, the debate so far has been mostly superficial, with no proper analysis of risk and benefit.

18 Apr 2014

The following article appeared in The Times newspaper on 18 April.

Scottish trawlers are standing guard over oil installations in the North Sea and carrying out conservation work with whales and dolphins as part of a project to increase the number of working days at sea.

16 Apr 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, yet the volume of seafood landed remained virtually 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.

31 Mar 2014

Alan R Baudron* and Paul G Fernandes of the University of Aberdeen have published a new scientific paper - Adverse consequences of stock recovery: European hake, a new “choke” species under a discard ban?

31 Mar 2014

Following on from last Friday’s (28 March) question and answer session with Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead on the independence debate at the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation would like to make clear that the SFF’s job on the issue of independence is not to offer opinions, but to ask the hard questions and insist on realistic answers.   

28 Mar 2014

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Buchan’s Observer’s annual Fishing Review for 2014. In it, he warns that if the forthcoming discards ban is implemented badly, it could spell the demise of traditional family owned fishing vessels.

There is no business quite like fishing, and as each year passes, the challenges facing our crucial sector seem to gather pace with frightening speed.

27 Mar 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) will be attending tomorrow’s (28 March) Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference in Perth where it will be highlighting initiatives to support this crucial sector of the fishing industry.

With creel vessels representing an important element of the SFF’s constituent association membership, the Federation will be promoting its participation in the ACRUNET* initiative to support the brown crab sector.

26 Mar 2014

In a development likely to attract huge interest, Scottish skippers attending the forthcoming Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2014 will be able to collect free Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) stand.

24 Mar 2014

The successful conclusion last week of a five-day course on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) at the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA) has underlined the enthusiasm of fishermen to enhance their skills knowledge.

This is the view of Derek Cardno, Safety Officer for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), who says the positive feedback from the nine fishermen who attended the Seafish funded course has emphasised the importance of further training in personal development and career progression.

21 Mar 2014

The Shetland seafood sector has produced a superb video on the importance of the industry to the islands.

The video puts the local seafood industry in the spotlight and highlights its social and economic impact upon the islands.

Click here to see the video.


Latest News

30th September 2015

Advice on mackerel catching opportunities for 2016 released today (30 September) from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) doesn’t reflect reality, states Ian Gatt, chief executive of the  Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association.

The advice for 2016 is a total catch allocation for all countries participating in the fishery of 667,385 tonnes, compared with 831,906 tonnes in 2015. 

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