/Fisheries Science

Encouraging results from fishing trials with new trawl design for reducing unwanted catches

Preliminary fishing trials using a new design of prawn trawl developed to reduce unwanted bycatches of fish have produced encouraging results.

The prototype trawl, which is the brainchild of fishing skipper Jimmy Buchan and netmaker Mark Buchan of Jackson Trawls, is designed to aid North Sea prawn fishermen comply with new Landing Obligation regulations (discard ban).

Working […]

SFF comment on deep-sea trawling study

Researchers at the University of Glasgow and Marine Scotland Science published a study (27 August) on the impact of deep-sea trawling at depths of 600m or more.

According to the researchers in the study ‘A Scientific Basis for Regulating Deep-Sea Fishing by Depth’, results from the research suggest there are conservation benefits to limiting deep-sea trawling […]

August 28th, 2015|Fisheries Science|

Gear Group established to develop innovative technology ahead of discard ban

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has secured advance funding from theEuropean Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and Marine Scotland for a project to develop and trial innovative fishing gear to reduce the amount of discards vessels will have to deal with when the discard ban is phased-in for demersal fisheries from 1 January 2016.

With the […]

August 17th, 2015|Discards, Fisheries Science|

“Scientists indicate positive trend in European fisheries” Europeche Press Release

Europêche has welcomed the clear words from the scientific community and General Director of DG MARE, Lowri Evans, at yesterday’s seminar on ´the State of Fish Stocks´ organised by the European Commission. The scientific data presented showed a positive long term trend of increasing fish populations and a reduction of fishing mortality1.

The panel explained that […]

July 16th, 2015|Fisheries Science|

Rises in key fish stocks welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

The prospect of higher quotas for several key Scottish fish stocks in 2016 has been welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

The latest scientific assessments from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) indicates that North Sea haddock, cod and plaice stocks are all rising, as is megrim and Rockall haddock on […]

June 30th, 2015|Fisheries Science|

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 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|