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Scottish west coast inshore fishermen call for urgent meeting with Cabinet Secretary over impact of Marine Protected Area management measures

Scotland’s west coast inshore fishermen have requested an urgent meeting with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Richard Lochhead, so that he can hear at first-hand their mounting concerns over the serious impact that the Scottish Government’s recently announced Marine Protected Area (MPA) management measures will have on fragile fishing communities.

The scope […]

June 16th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

SFF slams Scottish Government over new management measures for Marine Protected Areas

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has  expressed disbelief and anger at the new management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters announced by the Scottish Government today (11 June).

The SFF maintains that the measures announced go far beyond the proportionate and evidential approach that was promised for the management arrangements of the MPA […]

June 12th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

Scallop dredging is a sustainable industry

Contrary to the claims of some environmentalists, Scottish dredgers operate sustainably, says Anne-Margaret Anderson, inshore & environmental policy co-ordinator for Scottish White Fish Producers Association

The stark truth is that this country’s highly regulated, carefully targeted scallop fishery has very little impact on sensitive areas of the seabed.

Depressingly, rather than ensuring they are well informed about […]

How our fishermen are innovating for a sustainable future

This article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Scotsman on 4 June 2015.

It is one of the biggest challenges facing fishermen today – how do you catch the types of fish or shellfish you want, and of the sizes you want, whilst at the same time avoiding non-target fish such […]

Vacancies: Fisheries Observers

Fisheries Observers

SFF Services Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation. The company’s activities include managing a team of fisheries observers who collect data for the Independent Onboard Observer Scheme which supports and informs the joint Industry/Government Fisheries Management and Conservation Group.

We have a current requirement for one additional full time observer […]

June 3rd, 2015|Fisheries Science, General News|

Inshore fishermen to voice ‘breach of trust’ concerns

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and its constituent associations will meet with Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, in Glasgow this Monday (6 July) to highlight their anger and dismay over recently announced management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which threatens the viability of inshore fisheries on the […]

Scottish fisherman who nearly drowned backs Personal Flotation Device sea safety campaign

Dougie Brown, 52, from the Isle of Coll, experienced a brush with death after being tossed into the water from his fishing boat on 14th February 2014. Had it not been for his personal flotation device (PFD), and as a weak swimmer, the fisherman would have most certainly died.

Mr Brown, who regularly goes out alone […]

May 21st, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation comment on provisional landing figures for 2014

Commenting on the provisional statistics published today (14 May) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2014 increased by 19 per cent and the volume by 31 per cent, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“Whilst we welcome the fact […]

May 14th, 2015|Discards, Fisheries Science, General News|

Discussion session on discard ban with Scots Fisheries Minister at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015

A question and answer session with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead on the implications of the landing obligation for Scottish skippers will be held at the forthcoming Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015.

Hosted by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), the open-floor discussion session will enable skippers to hear at first-hand how […]

May 5th, 2015|Discards, General News, Press Release|

Aberdeenshire youngsters secure places on new training course for a career in commercial fishing

Following a successful first round of interviews, 10 applicants have secured places to undertake training that will pave the way for a career in commercial fishing.

These successful applicants will now embark upon a three week introductory and safety course in June at the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA), the maritime centre of excellence within North East […]

April 29th, 2015|General News, Marine Safety & Training|