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South Australian government minister meets Scottish fishing leaders to learn about successful fishermen’s services company

A Cabinet Minister of the Government of South Australia met with Scottish fishing industry leaders in Aberdeen today (17 April) to learn how Scotland’s fishermen and the oil & gas sector have benefited through mutual co-operation.

In a meeting facilitated by BP, Geoff Brock, Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, heard at first-hand how the […]

April 17th, 2015|Offshore & Renewables, SFF Services|

It is not just North Sea cod – other fish stocks are healthy too!

Following on from The Guardian article on 8 April 2015 (see link at the end of article), which reports on the remarkable recovery of North Sea cod stocks, it is worth remembering that a large number of other fish stocks around our coasts are also in a healthy state and being fish sustainably.

But first let’s […]

500 vessel milestone reached by fishermen’s services company

SFF Services Limited (SFFSL), a commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF),has passed the important milestone of having utilised 500 different fishing vessels since the turn of the millennium for its operations with other offshore industries.

The work opportunities offered by SFFSL has helped secure the future of Scottish fishing by keeping the fleet viable […]

March 23rd, 2015|General News, SFF Services|

Fishing for the Future at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015

With the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) once again being show sponsor for the forthcoming Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen on 29 and 30 May 2015, a key theme at the event will be the promotion of career opportunities for youngsters in fishing.

Under the show theme of ‘Fishing for the Future’, the SFF and its partners – […]

March 18th, 2015|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

SFF at careers fair to promote opportunities in fishing

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is attending a Careers Fair at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre today (17 February).

At the event, which is aimed at teachers, the SFF in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Maritime Academy will be promoting the great career opportunities available in fishing. In particular, they will be highlighting […]

February 17th, 2015|General News, Marine Safety & Training|

Innovative Scottish fishing industry observer scheme delivers net benefits

A joint Scottish fishing industry /Marine Scotland initiative that helps ensure fisheries management decisions are based upon informed advice is set to undergo a major expansion in the amount of data collected and used.

There will be a significant increase this year in the quantity of fish catch information collected by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation  (SFF) […]

February 17th, 2015|Fisheries Science, General News|

New training scheme launched to encourage youngsters to embark upon a career in fishing

A ground-breaking new initiative to encourage youngsters to consider a career in commercial fishing is being launched in secondary schools in Aberdeenshire.

The pilot scheme led by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) aims to secure the future of Scottish fishing by encouraging a new generation of fishermen or women to go to sea. Fishing is worth […]

January 30th, 2015|General News, Marine Safety & Training|

1,000 vessel milestone reached as new Benarkle II kits itself out with free Personal Flotation Devices!

The skipper and crew of the latest addition to the Scottish fishing fleet, Benarkle II, have fully kitted themselves out with new free Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) supplied through the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s (SFF) successful safety initiative – and in the process have helped the scheme pass the 1,000 vessel milestone.

Under the initiative, the SFF […]

Why the UK needs to protect our deep-sea fishing sector

Writing in The Guardian on 21 January, Professor Alex Rogers at the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford outlines why he thinks deep-sea trawling should be banned.

He goes into a variety of reasons including the need to protect cold-water corals, sponge fields and unique underwater habits and species. He says that deep-sea fish […]

January 22nd, 2015|Fisheries Science|

New Fishing & Oil and Gas Safety initiative

An APP was launched today which will help make life safer for North Sea fishermen with help from the oil and gas industry.

The FishSAFE Companion App will give information about oil and gas equipment on sea bed and surface – ranging from platforms to subsea pipelines – so fishermen can better understand what the object […]