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Scottish fishermen have welcomed the latest scientific assessment of mackerel abundance which reveals that the stock is in robust health.

The Total Allowable Catch advice for the north-east Atlantic in 2013 was 542,000 tonnes but now the advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea is for an increase of 64% to 889,886 tonnes for 2014.

2nd October 2013

There is little indication of how the impending introduction of a discards ban will work in practice and if badly implemented the consequences could lead to serious socio-economic difficulties for fragile fishing communities, Alan Coghill, president of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, will tell guests attending the SFF’s annual dinner in Edinburgh tonight (2 October).

30 September 2013


The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is today (30 September) launching a new website that will provide a true reflection of commercial fishing in Scotland and counter the inaccurate and negative portrayal of the industry that has become prominent in recent years.

25th September 2013

Stocks in the seas around Shetland are recovering well, but the men who know these waters are not free to look after them, writes Simon Collins, executive officer of Shetland Fishermen’s Association

18 September 2013

SFF Services Ltd, the commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, has made three important senior management appointments that places the company on a firm footing for future growth.

Steven Alexander, Peter West and John Buchan

12 September 2013


The publication today (12 September) of updated statistics by Scotland’s Chief Statistician on Scottish fish landings for 2012 highlight the extremely challenging operating conditions faced by the country’s fishing fleet, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

9th September 2013

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong will tell the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum in London tomorrow (10 September) that for the implementation of the new Common Fisheries Policy to work effectively, the gap between political decision-making and the practical implementation of fisheries management measures must be bridged.

In particular, this must relate to the EC plan to ban discards in European fisheries, which will be phased in over the next few years.

4th September 2013

Scots fishermen have expressed severe disappointment at the lack of progress from talks that finished today in London (3 September) over quota shares of Atlanto-Scandian herring.

31st July 2013

The decision today by EU member states to impose trade sanctions against the Faroes because of their over-fishing of Atlanto-Scandian herring has been welcomed by the Scottish fishing industry.

26th July 2013

In a milestone development, the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group’s (SPSG) North Sea herring fishery has been recertified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery with the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel. The recertification makes the herring fishery the only Scottish fishery currently recertified under the MSC programme and industry leaders hope that it will be the first of many SPSG recertifications. 


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27th August 2014

Ross Dougal has been elected as the new President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at its Annual General Meeting. Previously the Vice President of the SFF and the Chairman of the Fishing Vessel Agents & Owners Association (Scotland) Ltd, Mr Dougal comes from a well-known Eyemouth fishing family and has worked in a wide variety of senior positions in the vessel management and fish selling sectors. He succeeds Alan Coghill who has been President since 2010.

Fishing for the Truth

Fishing for the Truth

The SFF website dedicated to providing factual information on Scottish fisheries.