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Fishermen urge EU nations to avoid hardline stance

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have cautioned other EU countries against trying to block the UK taking back control of its fishing industry in the Brexit negotiations.

At the conclusion of the last but one round of annual negotiations in Brussels over fishing opportunity, they said it would be counter-productive for the 27 EU nations to adopt hardline […]

December 13th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen urge ministers to rule out long Brexit transition

Fishermen’s leaders today urged ministers to rule out a long Brexit transition for the industry to ensure clarity for UK fleets as they leave the Common Fisheries Policy.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of umbrella body the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that to fit in with the calendar of international fisheries negotiations, a nine-month “bridge” is all […]

Over £5,000 raised for Charlie House

Staff at SFF and SFF Services wish to take the opportunity to thank the many Constituent Association member vessels, clients, associates and friends for generously supporting their efforts to raise funds for local charity, Charlie House, during 2017.

Charlie House was established to help make life better for babies, children and young people who have life-threatening […]

November 28th, 2017|General News|

Industry leads the way on ILO188

The UK’s fishing federations in conjunction with the MCA Fishing Safety ​team have together developed a Fishing Safety Management (FSM) System that will assist fishermen with the imminent implementation of a generational change to fishing safety legislation – the Work in Fishing Convention (ILO 188) aimed at creating a set of common worldwide standards for […]

November 16th, 2017|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

Industry pushes for fast CFP exit

The Scottish fishing industry is urging both governments to support its plan for a nine-month “bridge” after March 2019 to smooth the exit from the Common Fisheries Policy.

In his speech to the annual Scottish Fishermen’s Federation dinner tonight, chief executive Bertie Armstrong will set out the reasons for such a “common sense” approach.

He will say: […]

November 1st, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Letter to The Times

Dear Sir

Having read The Times article and editorial earlier this week, I write to clarify the position of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation with regards to the Withdrawal Bill and the UK’s exit from the EU.

Post Brexit, we are driven by and will argue for the arrangements which provide the most sustainable and beneficial future for […]

October 31st, 2017|IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

New codes of practice to improve fishing safety come into force

Three new Codes of Practice came into force on 23rd October, which will improve safety for everyone in the fishing industry.

All three Codes have been developed with the help of the Fishing Industry Safety Group (which includes fishing federations, Seafish, the Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association and the Fishermen’s Mission). Each Code has been designed to […]

October 24th, 2017|IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

No case for transfer of quota to creel fishermen

Prawn trawlers in Scotland are just as competitive as the creel fleet, undermining the case for a major transfer of quota.
 
That is the conclusion of a study carried out for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation (SFO) following a series of unfounded claims made by the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation.
 
Researchers at the […]

October 20th, 2017|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Strong public support for control of fisheries post-Brexit

Almost two-thirds of the public believe access to UK waters should be blocked or limited for EU fishing boats after Brexit.

Thirty-two per cent say vessels must be allowed in only under strict rules while 27 per cent think they must be kept out.

Meanwhile 56 per cent of people agree that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy […]

Great Repeal Bill is first step to full UK control of waters

Responding to the publication today of the UK Government’s Great Repeal Bill, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “As far as fisheries are concerned, the Great Repeal Bill is the first legislative step towards full UK control and management of its own waters.

“That control and management cannot be obtained without the […]