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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, […]

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation comment on Brexit White Paper

Commenting on the Brexit plan set out in the Government’s White Paper today (2 February), Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation welcomes the Prime Minister’ s stated approach to the Brexit negotiations as one of anticipating success.  Delivery of the White Paper vision of a world leading food industry […]

SFF Inshore Fisheries Policy Brexit and beyond

Introduction – Inshore Fisheries

Geographically and politically for the purposes of management, the area defined as inshore extends to 6nm from land, but fixed definitions of what the inshore is are not helpful. The 6nm does not contain the limits of the inshore fishery, nor does it limit the access of the offshore fishery to […]

SFF lays out Brexit fishing requirements to Commons Select Committee on Brexit

At an evidence session of the Commons Brexit Select Committee today (19 December) at Aberdeen University, Bertie Armstrong from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and  Michael Bates from the Scottish Seafood Association together  laid out the considerable prize that Brexit will bring for sustainable food production and the revitalisation of coastal communities.

The principal points made in […]

December 19th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

EU Fisheries Council sets 2017 fish catching opportunities

The EU Fisheries Council to finalise catching opportunities for 2017 has concluded early this morning (14 December) in Brussels with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome for […]

Crucial talks on fish catching opportunity for 2017 set to get underway

Negotiations to finalise fish catching opportunities for 2017 will begin at the annual EU Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (12 December).

The negotiations are especially significant for the UK as this will be the first end-of-the-year  EU Council meeting to decide upon annual quotas since the Brexit vote.

Many quota shares have already been finalised […]

December 9th, 2016|Brexit, Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|