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27 May 2013

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has welcomed the news that celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recognises that North Sea cod stocks were now increasing towards healthy levels.

A report in the Press & Journal newspaper on Saturday 25 May said: “Celebrity chef High Fearnley Whittingstall – who angered skippers by suggesting UK fish stocks were running dangerously low – admitted yesterday that North Sea cod stocks were now rising to healthy levels.

22 May 2013

Project partners will meet in Aberdeen on 29 May in Aberdeen to discuss the next round of the Personal Flotation Device (PFD) initiative. This will be the first time all the project partners have been able to get around the table together and the main topic for discussion will be the resources they can offer to ensure nationwide distribution of the PFDs. The partners are the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Ocean Safety, RNMDSF, RNLI, Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Marine Scotland.

22 May 2013

The publication today of a scientific article by Marine Scotland on the environmental factors affecting a key fishery in the North Sea for prawns (langoustines) highlights the dynamic nature of our marine environment and the need for greater understanding of such natural fluxes, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

22 May 2013

Scottish fishermen have welcomed the announcement Tuesday(21 May) by European Commissioner Maria Damanaki that the EU has notified the Faroe Islands that it intends to impose sanctions in response to their over-fishing of the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock.

16 May 2013

Commenting on the news that the Marine Conservation Society has moved to upgrade its ‘Fish to Eat’ rating for Scottish caught mackerel so as to differentiate it from mackerel caught by Iceland and the Faroes,   Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said:

“We are pleased that the Marine Conservation Society has made this important differentiation between Scottish caught mackerel compared with that from Iceland and the Faroes. This new assessment will enable consumers to make informed choices when purchasing mackerel.

15 May 2013

A deal agreed this morning (15 May) at the European Union Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels has cleared the way for the final stage of the long overdue reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

13 May 2013

Commenting on today’s (13 May) developments at the European Union Fish Council meeting in Brussels where the EC has outlined a scheme to impose sanctions against the Faroes for its over-fishing of herring, Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said:

“We welcome this first step towards delivering a sanctions measure against the Faroese for their over-fishing of herring, which hopefully will provide new impetus that will also help resolve the issue of their excessive catching of mackerel.

12 May 2013

With mackerel being one of the topics on the agenda for discussion at tomorrow’s (13 May) European Fish Council meeting in Brussels, Scottish fishermen are urging the European Commission to use the occasion to finally impose sanctions against Iceland and the Faroes for their continuing and significant over-fishing of the north-east Atlantic mackerel stock.

10 May 2013

During a visit to the Aberdeen fisheries expo today (10 May) Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead saw at first hand the new Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) being made available to every commercial fisherman in Scotland in a new initiative led by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

9 May 2013

Large sections of the Scottish whitefish and prawn fleets are teetering on the brink of survival and there is urgent need for transitional aid to prevent the catching sector from being tipped over the edge, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is warning the Scottish Government.


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22nd April 2014

SFF Letter dated 21st April 2014 to:-

Richard Lochhead MSP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs & Environment; and,

George Eustice MP, DEFRA Minister for Natural Environment & Fisheries


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