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SFF welcomes commitment from across UK government to leaving CFP

Fishermen’s leaders today welcomed the commitment from two senior cabinet ministers and the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019.

In a joint statement Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson, who were on opposite sides in the referendum campaign, backed the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation position.

Chancellor Philip Hammond also voiced […]

Statement on EU draft trade talks guidelines

Reacting to the EU’s draft guidelines for trade talks published today, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “There cannot be ‘fairer shares’ for our fishing communities if we maintain existing reciprocal access.

“This latest gambit must be rejected. When we leave the EU we leave the Common Fisheries Policy and assume our rightful place […]

Backbone needed as negotiations with EU on fisheries begin

Responding to a government document setting out the UK’s legal position on the transition or implementation period today Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “It is very encouraging that the UK government has rejected the EU’s proposals and intends that we become a fully functioning Coastal State from 29th March 2019.

“With […]

Fishermen urge ministers to rule out long Brexit transition

Fishermen’s leaders today urged ministers to rule out a long Brexit transition for the industry to ensure clarity for UK fleets as they leave the Common Fisheries Policy.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of umbrella body the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that to fit in with the calendar of international fisheries negotiations, a nine-month “bridge” is all […]

Strong public support for control of fisheries post-Brexit

Almost two-thirds of the public believe access to UK waters should be blocked or limited for EU fishing boats after Brexit.

Thirty-two per cent say vessels must be allowed in only under strict rules while 27 per cent think they must be kept out.

Meanwhile 56 per cent of people agree that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy […]

Great Repeal Bill is first step to full UK control of waters

Responding to the publication today of the UK Government’s Great Repeal Bill, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “As far as fisheries are concerned, the Great Repeal Bill is the first legislative step towards full UK control and management of its own waters.

“That control and management cannot be obtained without the […]

Industry challenges election candidates to sign Brexit pledge

The UK fishing industry is challenging candidates in the General Election to pledge their support for its priority of restoring control of UK waters.

Fishermen’s leaders insist that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is the only way of ending the farcical situation under which the country is forced to give away almost two-thirds of the […]

UK fish quotas grossly lower than stocks, say university scientists

Most UK fish quotas are tiny relative to the size of stocks in our waters, according to a major new report by university scientists.

The gap between the total allowable catch (TAC) and the volume of fish is up to sixfold.

A team from Aberdeen University’s School of Biological Sciences analysed the spatial distribution of 17 commercial […]

Statement on proposed independence referendum

Chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “The focus of the fishing industry is entirely on ensuring we free ourselves from the straitjacket of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which forces us to give away to other EU countries almost 60 per cent of the fish in our waters.

“Any constitutional arrangement under […]

Government assurances on Brexit negotiations welcomed

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has welcomed assurances from the UK Government that the industry will not be deployed as a “bargaining chip” in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

In evidence to a Scottish Parliamentary committee this week, Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell emphasised the importance of fishing to Scotland.

He told members of the Culture, Tourism, […]