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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.

Special instruction sessions for fishermen on how to use free Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) currently available under a Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) led safety initiative will be held in Orkney and Shetland on November 25 and 26.


The below article appeared in the Press & Journal newspaper on 18 November, 2013

Quota cuts imposed to save cod from extinction could actually be harming the North Sea – because the species is now so strong it is eating too many other fish.

Boats have been tied up and fishermen forced out of work by catch restrictions imposed by fears that stocks were perilously low.

From scallops to saithe, and haddock to herring, Scottish fishermen are leading the way in sustainable harvesting with a significant number of our fisheries now independently certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for their responsible management.

The flagship ecolabel certification enables consumers to make informed choices when purchasing seafood and the increasing number of Scottish fisheries participating in the programme underlines the commitment of Scottish fishermen in ensuring a sustainable future.

6th November 2013

Fraserburgh skipper David (Davy) Milne has been re-elected as Chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) in a move that underlines the widespread respect he holds within the Association.

His re-election as Chairman at the Association’s recent AGM will be his third term in the role – during which time he has been ably supported by Vice-Chairman William (Bill) Wiseman, who was also re-elected for a further year in the deputy position.


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17th April 2015

A Cabinet Minister of the Government of South Australia met with Scottish fishing industry leaders in Aberdeen today (17 April) to learn how Scotland’s fishermen and the oil & gas sector have benefited through mutual co-operation.

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