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European and External Relations Committee

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) gave evidence earlier this week to the European and External Relations Committee.

The Official Report of the meeting is now available on the Parliament’s website and can be accessed by following this link: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10496&mode=pdf

Below is a clip of the meeting featuring Bertie Armstrong delivering the submission from the SFF at the […]

SFF submits two Papers to the EERC

The following two Papers have been submitted to the European and External Relations Committee (EERC) ahead of their Meeting Thursday 28th July.   SFF will attend to give evidence.

Paper 1:   Brexit and the Fishing Industry

 Paper 2:  Scottish Fishing – Synopsis of actions
 

SFF outlines to Rural Economy Secretary the opportunities leaving the EU brings to our fisheries

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) met with Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing today (4 July) in Glasgow where it underlined the positive impact leaving the EU would have on the way our fisheries are managed.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We outlined to the Minister the unanimous view of our membership of the real and […]

Following EU referendum leave vote, the work now begins to get best deal for fishing

Commenting on the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The result of the referendum brings both opportunities and challenges for the fishing industry and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the best possible deal […]

Europe and Scottish fishing

Europe – and our place in it – is never far away from the forefront of politics and passionate debate. Being part of the EU affects all walks of life, but most especially fishing. Indeed, the very term Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stokes the strongest emotions within the industry: of all the people in the […]

EU fish quota talks conclude

EU talks to finalise fish catching opportunity for 2016 concluded in Brussels early this morning (16 December) with quota increases for several key Scottish stocks.

Quota rises were agreed for haddock (+30%), North Sea cod (+15%), North Sea herring (+16%), megrim (+26%), monkfish (+20%) and West coast prawns (+16%). North Sea whiting and lemon sole quotas […]

EU Fish Council to decide on catching opportunities for 2016 starts next week

Negotiations to finalise catching opportunities for 2016 get underway at the European Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (14 December).

These talks have special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a major sea-change in […]

Scottish mackerel fishermen bitterly disappointed at outcome of Faroese talks

The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has expressed bitter disappointed at the failure of EU-Faroe talks in Copenhagen to reduce access arrangements for Faroese vessels to catch mackerel in EU waters.

The Scottish pelagic sector had been pressing hard for a rebalancing of the access arrangements because they are skewed heavily in favour of the Faroese, enabling […]

EU-Norway fish catch agreement reflects healthy stocks but challenges remain with discard ban

Talks between the EU and Norway to finalise catching opportunities for shared fish stocks for 2016 concluded in Bergen, Norway, last night (4 December).

These talks had special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a […]

Wide range of challenges facing Scottish fishing industry over the coming year

The coming year presents a wide range of challenges for Scottish fishing and it is vital that the industry does not become strangled by increasing regulation and dysfunctional legislation, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Key issues ahead include appraisal of how the landing obligation is working for the pelagic sector and setting the ground rules […]