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Scottish mackerel fishermen bitterly disappointed at outcome of Faroese talks

The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has expressed bitter disappointed at the failure of EU-Faroe talks in Copenhagen to reduce access arrangements for Faroese vessels to catch mackerel in EU waters.

The Scottish pelagic sector had been pressing hard for a rebalancing of the access arrangements because they are skewed heavily in favour of the Faroese, enabling […]

EU-Norway fish catch agreement reflects healthy stocks but challenges remain with discard ban

Talks between the EU and Norway to finalise catching opportunities for shared fish stocks for 2016 concluded in Bergen, Norway, last night (4 December).

These talks had special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a […]

Funded training – change to eligibility criteria for experienced fishermen

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 […]

November 26th, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

Scottish fishermen rewarded for helping clean our seas

KIMO UK’s Fishing for Litter Scotland project was honoured to receive the RSPB’s prestigious Nature of Scotland Award for Marine Conservation during its 4th Annual Award ceremony at the Grand Sheraton in Edinburgh last week. The award, sponsored by Northlink Ferries, recognises an “outstanding contribution to the conservation or sustainable management of Scotland’s precious marine […]

November 24th, 2015|Sustainability / Environment|

Clyde Fishermen’s Association hosts open meetings to highlight threats facing communities

The Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) is hosting a series of public meetings in fishing communities around the Firth of Clyde to highlight concerns over the potential community-wide impact of proposed fisheries management measures.

The management arrangements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Clyde combined with a proposed ‘Regulating Order’ from the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust […]

First round of EU/Norway talks for shared fish stocks underway

The first round of talks between the EU and Norway to set catching opportunities for shared fish stocks for 2016 get underway in Copenhagen tomorrow (16 November).

The negotiations will cover several key species for the Scottish fishing fleet, including North Sea cod, haddock, saithe and herring. Scientific advice is recommending an increase for North Sea […]

November 15th, 2015|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

Political support needed to help fishing industry tackle challenges ahead

The Scottish fishing industry is currently facing numerous challenges, most notably in adapting to new ‘Landing Obligation’ regulations to eliminate discards at sea, Ross Dougal, President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), told guests at tonight’s (4 November) Federation annual dinner in Edinburgh.

Mr Dougal told the event, attended by Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead and […]

November 5th, 2015|General News|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation throws its support behind Seafood Week

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is throwing its support behind Seafood Week(9 – 16 October) by launching a series of new information sheets on some our most popular types of fish called ‘Your Sustainable Fish Choice’.

Each day throughout Seafood Week, the SFF will focus on a different type of fish, as well as highlighting some […]

October 8th, 2015|General News|

Scottish pelagic fishermen disappointed by ICES mackerel advice

Advice on mackerel catching opportunities for 2016 released today (30 September) from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) doesn’t reflect reality, states Ian Gatt, chief executive of the  Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association.

The advice for 2016 is a total catch allocation for all countries participating in the fishery of 667,385 tonnes, compared with […]

September 30th, 2015|TACs and Quotas|

Help stop the rising tide of litter at Cairnbulg beach

September 29th, 2015|General News, Sustainability / Environment|