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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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ps5Hi3sUFBw&app=desktop

14 Mar 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation hosted the latest meeting of the ACRUNET (Atlantic Crab Resource Users Network) project in Edinburgh, March 11 & 12, where President Alan Coghill welcomed the partners, including Catchers, Processors, Scientists, Development Agencies and other trade bodies from England, France, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland and Spain. He reminded delegates of the very different place the brown crab industry was in when this transnational initiative began in September 2008 with an invitation from the Scottish Lobster and Crab Group to crabber colleagues in Britain and Ireland to discuss the dire economic condition of the industry at that time.  In 2014 the situation may have improved but the need for ACRUNET has not diminished and it continues with an overall aim  of improving the economic viability of the Brown Crab industry.

13 Mar 2014

The completion last night (12 March) of negotiations between the EU and Norway on North Sea fish allocations for 2014 has brought to an end months of uncertainty over catching opportunities for Scottish fishermen.

A three-party agreement between the EU, Norway and Faroes over mackerel provided the catalyst for the agreement to be quickly signed off last night, enabling Scottish fishermen to gain access into Norwegian waters with immediate effect.

13 Mar 2014

It was a mixed bag of news for Scotland’s fishermen following the signing tonight (13 March) of an EU/Faroes agreement on swaps of fish and access arrangement to each other’s waters. 

For whitefish fishermen, it means that for the first time in four years Scottish boats will now be able to fish within Faroese waters. Access had been denied in recent years because of the mackerel dispute with the Faroese, but this issue was resolved yesterday (12 March) after protracted negotiations.

12 Mar 2014

A trilateral agreement between the EU, Norway and the Faroes on mackerel share allocations for the north-east Atlantic have been agreed at talks in London that concluded this evening (12 March).

Whilst Iceland - the other main player - will not form part of this particular agreement, the door has been left open for them to join in the future once their internal issues with Greenland over mackerel are resolved. This new three-party agreement between the EU, Norway and the Faroes is seen as a significant breakthrough.

10 Mar 2014

The failure to reach an agreement on mackerel, and then on quota shares for the North Sea at the EU/Norway negotiations last week,  has placed the Scottish fishing industry under a cloud of considerable uncertainty, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

6 Mar 2014

Scottish fishermen are expressing dismay at the latest bizarre twist in negotiations to try and resolve the international dispute on mackerel allocations in the north-east Atlantic.

Despite all the main parties appearing to be close to reaching an agreement, the talks between the EU, Norway, Iceland and the Faroes broke down last night (5 March) in Edinburgh after a new player – Greenland – entered the mix.

5 Feb 2014

Over the last few years several MAIB reports have highlighted watch keeping failures as a cause of accidents.  The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has and will continue to stress to bodies like the MCA and the MAIB that the key to improving fishing safety is not more regulation but better funded training.  The Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) course, which is on offer to active fishermen for free, is an excellent opportunity for the industry to gain excellent skills on equipment that has been present in wheelhouses of fishing boats for many years.

From 2016 those who hold a STCW Certificate of Competency will need to have completed an ECDIS course.  When it comes to fishermen’s navigation training requirements they normally follow STCW’s lead.  With this in mind, SFF have made an approach to Seafish to secure funding for active fishermen to undertake ECDIS training although it is NOT a mandatory requirement.   Seafish, on understanding the excellent skills that can be gained by some formal training on the use of electronic navigation equipment, have agreed to fund this training for which we are very thankful.

4 Feb 2014

The deal reached today on mackerel shares in the north-east Atlantic should provide a boost to the Scottish whitefish fleet by paving the way for renewed access to Faroese waters.

Scottish whitefish (cod and haddock) boats had been denied access to Faroese waters whilst the mackerel dispute was ongoing, but now this now looks set to change, according to Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

28 Jan 2014

With the news today (28 January) that the level of investment in offshore wind projects had fallen by 55% over the last year, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is warning that this should not be seen as an excuse to rush through development plans in the coming years.

The offshore renewables sector is pointing the finger at both delays in licensing and uncertainly over continued publically-funded incentives. 

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27 Jul 2015

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is backing the Scottish government by expressing their concerns over the damaging effects of the cross-channel trade delays.

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