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Crucial talks on fish catching opportunity for 2017 set to get underway

Negotiations to finalise fish catching opportunities for 2017 will begin at the annual EU Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (12 December).

The negotiations are especially significant for the UK as this will be the first end-of-the-year  EU Council meeting to decide upon annual quotas since the Brexit vote.

Many quota shares have already been finalised […]

December 9th, 2016|Brexit, Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

Scots fishing industry in cross-party support call over Brexit

Ahead of tomorrow’s fisheries debate (7 December) in the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is highlighting to MSPs the importance of cross-party support to ensure Scotland’s fishing communities benefit from the opportunities presented by Brexit.

Tomorrow’s debate will focus on our sea fisheries and the end-of-the-year EU Fish Council which commences next week (12 […]

December 6th, 2016|Brexit|

Scottish fishers to highlight opportunities of Brexit

Scottish fishing leaders are taking their campaign to promote the opportunities that Brexit can deliver for Scotland’s coastal communities to the highest level with a series of meetings this coming week with key government representatives.

The Scottish fishing industry believes that Brexit provides a ‘sea of opportunity’ for Scotland and the UK to reinvigorate coastal and […]

October 24th, 2016|Brexit, General News, Press Release|

EU catches more fish in UK waters than the British! Brexit could create a sea of opportunity for our coastal communities, say Scots fishers

The release of a report today (11 October) which reveals that EU boats catch more fish in the UK’s Exclusive Economic (EEZ) zone than the British fishing fleet underlines why Brexit provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to regain control of our national waters, say Scottish fishermen.

The report produced by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Shetland […]

October 11th, 2016|Brexit, General News, Press Release|

Brexit offers unparalleled opportunity for our coastal communities to prosper

The EU referendum has handed the Scottish fishing industry an unparalleled opportunity to deliver a significant boost to investment and employment for our fragile coastal communities, say Scottish fishing leaders ahead of tomorrow’s (27 September) Holyrood parliamentary debate on Brexit and Scotland’s rural economy.

In a briefing paper for MSPs, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and […]

September 27th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

European and External Relations Committee

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) gave evidence earlier this week to the European and External Relations Committee.

The Official Report of the meeting is now available on the Parliament’s website and can be accessed by following this link: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10496&mode=pdf

Below is a clip of the meeting featuring Bertie Armstrong delivering the submission from the SFF at the […]

SFF outlines to Rural Economy Secretary the opportunities leaving the EU brings to our fisheries

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) met with Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing today (4 July) in Glasgow where it underlined the positive impact leaving the EU would have on the way our fisheries are managed.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We outlined to the Minister the unanimous view of our membership of the real and […]

Appointment of marine scientist will boost fish stock conservation

In a landmark development, the representative association for Scotland’s mackerel and herring fishermen has appointed a Chief Scientific Officer to spearhead marine research to boost our understanding of key pelagic fish stocks and improve their management.

The appointment of Dr Steven Mackinson by the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) represents an innovative new approach to fisheries […]

June 29th, 2016|General News|

EU referendum result gives real hope for Scotland’s fishing communities

The European Union referendum result last week, which took so many in the country by surprise, opened up hope and ambition for Scotland’s fishing communities.   There is now real opportunity to implement sustainable and rationale stewardship of our fisheries, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive said:  “After many years – in […]

June 28th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

Following EU referendum leave vote, the work now begins to get best deal for fishing

Commenting on the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The result of the referendum brings both opportunities and challenges for the fishing industry and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the best possible deal […]