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Scottish Fishermen’s Federation comment on Brexit White Paper

Commenting on the Brexit plan set out in the Government’s White Paper today (2 February), Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation welcomes the Prime Minister’ s stated approach to the Brexit negotiations as one of anticipating success.  Delivery of the White Paper vision of a world leading food industry […]

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to sponsor Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2017

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has thrown its support behind Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2017 by signing-up once again as official sponsor for Scotland’s top fisheries event.

This will be the fifth year in a row that the SFF has sponsored Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen and their support comes at a time when the show is […]

New man overboard prevention and sea survival course for fishermen

A ground breaking new pilot training course for fishermen aimed at preventing man overboard incidents and improving survival and recovery procedures has just been completed at the RNLI’s Training College in Poole, Dorset.

The RNLI, working in conjunction with the UK fishing industry, has developed the two-day training course to better reflect real-life sea conditions so […]

Scottish fishermen welcome new report on recovering fish stocks

Scottish fishermen have welcomed a new report which highlights that most major whitefish stocks have increased in Scottish waters since the mid-2000s while fishing pressure has reduced significantly.

The report – Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2016 – produced by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Shetland draws upon the most recently published data from the […]

January 30th, 2017|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

Common-sense approach needed for discard ban

Commenting on the claim by WWF Scotland that the discard ban is being inadequately policed, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF said:

“No-one hates discarding more than our fishermen, who are making a comprehensive effort to comply with this largely unworkable regulation. Fishermen are doing everything possible to adhere to the rules and industry and […]

January 27th, 2017|Discards, General News|

Jubilee Sailing Trust on search for young volunteer for the trip of a lifetime!

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is on the search for a young volunteer from the north-east of Scotland (age 16 to 25) to participate in the trip of a lifetime aboard their sailing tall ship, Lord Nelson.

The place for the week long sailing voyage (21 to 28 April) from Aberdeen to the Isle of Man […]

January 27th, 2017|General News, SFF Services|

Calls for project ideas for second phase of fishing gear discards reduction initiative

Skippers, trawl makers and gear technologists are being urged to participate in the second phase of projects now being called by the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG) to develop and trial innovative new types of fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

Four projects were successfully completed in the first phase, the results of which offer […]

January 17th, 2017|General News, SFF|

SFF Inshore Fisheries Policy Brexit and beyond

Introduction – Inshore Fisheries

Geographically and politically for the purposes of management, the area defined as inshore extends to 6nm from land, but fixed definitions of what the inshore is are not helpful. The 6nm does not contain the limits of the inshore fishery, nor does it limit the access of the offshore fishery to […]

SFF lays out Brexit fishing requirements to Commons Select Committee on Brexit

At an evidence session of the Commons Brexit Select Committee today (19 December) at Aberdeen University, Bertie Armstrong from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and  Michael Bates from the Scottish Seafood Association together  laid out the considerable prize that Brexit will bring for sustainable food production and the revitalisation of coastal communities.

The principal points made in […]

December 19th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

EU Fisheries Council sets 2017 fish catching opportunities

The EU Fisheries Council to finalise catching opportunities for 2017 has concluded early this morning (14 December) in Brussels with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome for […]