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26 Jun 2014

The debate on the future management of fisheries in the Firth of Clyde must be based on fact rather than inaccurate scaremongering, says the Clyde Fishermen's Association (CFA).

11 Jun 2014

Scottish fishermen are warning that today’s announcement (11 June) that the European Commission and the Faroes have reached a preliminary agreement to end their dispute over quota shares of herring must ensure that the Faroese are not rewarded for their unsustainable fishing practices.

6 Jun 2014

The latest rather bizarre stamp issue by Royal Mail featuring ‘sustainable’ and ‘threatened fish’ in UK waters underlines the engrained and often totally erroneous perceptions of our fisheries that still unfortunately persists, and which fails to recognise the significant success story of stock recovery of recent years.

The stamps feature four sustainable species – herring, red gurnard, dab, pouting and Cornish sardine, and four ‘threatened’ species – common skate, spiny dogfish, wolf-fish, sturgeon and conger eel.

27 May 2014

An Isle of Coll fisherman has told for the first time how his life was saved by wearing a Personal Flotation Device and is now urging all fishermen the importance of wearing such equipment at all times.

Dougie Brown was fishing off Coll on his vessel Seafarer III when he fell overboard after trying to clear a snagged rope. Luckily, Dougie had made the conscious decision many years ago to improve his chances of survival should he fall into the water by wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).

13 May 2014

New rules banning fishermen from throwing away unwanted fish they have caught could harm wildlife - and fail to improve fish stocks, a University of Strathclyde report has found.

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests new reforms to the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) - ending the practice of throwing away unwanted fish caught at sea - may have unintended consequences. The new CFP took effect on 1 January 2014 and will phase out the discarding of fish between 2015 and 2019.

12 May 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has written to First Minister Alex Salmond seeking clarification over comments he made in a recent speech concerning fishery access to Scottish waters should there be independence.

Speaking at the College of Europe in Bruges, the First Minister suggested that if EU membership was not inherited after Scotland became independent, then fishing fleets from other EU member states could be denied access to Scottish waters.

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

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.   


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26th November 2015

Following discussion at the most recent FISG Fishermen’s Training Project Group meeting in Southampton, it has been decided that, with immediate effect, only experienced fishermen who can provide evidence that they have been fishing for at least 60 days within the last two years will be eligible for funding towards the cost of any approved training.

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