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SFT Press Releases

2nd September 2014

The Scottish Fishermen’s Trust (SFT) has awarded grants in excess of £100,000 so far this year for a diverse range of fisheries science and conservation projects.

Many of these projects support initiatives that have come directly from Scottish fishermen looking to increase our understanding of fish stocks and promote their conservation, including the use of more selective fishing gears.

20th June 2013

SFF Services Ltd, a commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, is short-listed in the Green Business of the Year category at the 2013 Scottish Business Awards that will be held tomorrow night (21 June) in Edinburgh.

14 June 2013

FM urges fishermen to ‘stay safe on the seas’

Calls on industry to sign up for life-jacket initiative ahead of SFF conference

The first of 5,000 bespoke life-jackets to be produced for Scotland’s fishermen as part of a £438,000 life-saving safety project has been officially handed over to the fishing industry by First Minister Alex Salmond.   

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.

10th 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).

19 September 2011

Fish discards research supported by

 Scottish Fishermen’s Trust 

Scots fishermen have been spearheading a range of initiatives to reduce the problem of discarding of fish at sea - including the use of more selective types of nets and real time fishing closures.

The discards issue - which has also garnered public attention - is also being addressed in reform proposals for the new Common Fisheries Policy. 

29 August 2011

A Scots fishing charity is once again helping fund the fisheries managers and marine scientists of tomorrow.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Trust is funding three three-year bursaries worth £1000 for students doing the taught and research Masters in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology Programme at the University of Aberdeen.

1 November 2010

The Aberdeen-based Scottish Fishermen’s Trust is donating £50,000 towards the prestigious new Library project at the University of Aberdeen for the creation of an education area which recognises the vital role played by commercial fishing in the cultural and historical heritage of the North East of Scotland.

17 December 2009

SFF Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, is to donate £120,000 to the Scottish Fishermen’s Trust that will include support for projects to enhance fishing vessel safety.

SFF Services, which supplies a range of specialised support to the offshore oil and gas industries, will donate to the Trust £30,000 to aid in the training of the new updated FishSafe device, which is designed to alert fishing vessels to the presence of subsea obstructions.

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21st November 2014

Agreement has been reached on catching opportunities for north-east Atlantic mackerel for 2015 following negotiations between the EU, Norway and the Faroes.

Under the agreement, which follows scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea that is underpinned by the precautionary principle, a total allowable catch of 1,054,000 tonnes has been set, which will give the UK a quota of 245,363 tonnes.

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