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MAIB accident statistics underlines why fishermen need to take advantage of Seafish funded training

Following the recent publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s (MAIB) annual report, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) says that the accident statistics underline why fishermen must take advantage of safety training funds available from Seafish.

According to the MAIB report, eight fishermen lost their lives in 2014, compared with four in 2013. The average number […]

August 3rd, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

SFF BACKS SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONCERNS OVER CROSS-CHANNEL TRADE DELAYS

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is backing the Scottish government by expressing their concerns over the damaging effects of the cross-channel trade delays.

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the SFF said: “One result of the chaotic situation caused by high-profile disturbances at the channel crossings has been to hold up lorry loads of highly perishable fish […]

July 27th, 2015|General News|

SILENCE FROM RICHARD LOCHHEAD ON MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) have demanded a response from Richard Lochhead on questions about his decision-making on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  In a letter, the SFF has accused the Scottish Fisheries Minister of placing management measures which are irrational and deeply damaging to fragile communities, disregarding his own mechanism to develop properly evidenced protection […]

July 24th, 2015|General News, Marine Protected Areas|

Mallaig facing an uncertain future – fishermen and their families devastated by MPA proposals

The following article by David Linkie appeared in Fishing News for week ending 24 July

Mallaig is one of the busiest harbours on the west coast of Scotland, where local and seasonal visiting boats, mainly traditional inshore vessels, land catches with an annual value of nearly £10m, more than 50% of which comes from prawns. Without […]

July 23rd, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

Emotions running high over MPA management proposals

Few should question the strength of feeling and resentment that has arisen in traditional small fishing communities along the west coast of Scotland in the month that has elapsed since the Scottish Government announced highly contentious management proposals for MPAs, which, if implemented later this year, will prevent inshore mobile gear boats from continuing to […]

July 23rd, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

“Scientists indicate positive trend in European fisheries” Europeche Press Release

Europêche has welcomed the clear words from the scientific community and General Director of DG MARE, Lowri Evans, at yesterday’s seminar on ´the State of Fish Stocks´ organised by the European Commission. The scientific data presented showed a positive long term trend of increasing fish populations and a reduction of fishing mortality1.

The panel explained that […]

July 16th, 2015|Fisheries Science|

New entrants head out to sea

The first phase of a ground-breaking pilot scheme to encourage young adults to consider a career in commercial fishing has been completed at the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead. The cohort of twelve, many of whom have never set foot on board a fishing boat, have successfully finished the three week introductory and safety course […]

July 10th, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

SFF comment on meeting with Minister on Marine Protected Areas

Commenting on this afternoon’s meeting between the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and its constituent associations with Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, in Glasgow (6 July) on the recently announced management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which threatens the viability of inshore fisheries on the West coast, Bertie […]

July 7th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas, Press Release|

ICES Advice on North Sea fishing quotas 2016 recommends increase on major stocks

The International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has just published its catch quota recommendations on the Bay of Biscay (including the Iberian Coast), Celtic Seas and the Greater North Sea for 2016. These figures, based on scientific stock assessments, show significant increases for key species for 2016 with many stocks having shown clear […]

July 2nd, 2015|TACs and Quotas|

Rises in key fish stocks welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

The prospect of higher quotas for several key Scottish fish stocks in 2016 has been welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

The latest scientific assessments from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) indicates that North Sea haddock, cod and plaice stocks are all rising, as is megrim and Rockall haddock on […]

June 30th, 2015|Fisheries Science|