/General News

New man overboard prevention and sea survival course for fishermen

A ground breaking new pilot training course for fishermen aimed at preventing man overboard incidents and improving survival and recovery procedures has just been completed at the RNLI’s Training College in Poole, Dorset.

The RNLI, working in conjunction with the UK fishing industry, has developed the two-day training course to better reflect real-life sea conditions so […]

Scottish fishermen welcome new report on recovering fish stocks

Scottish fishermen have welcomed a new report which highlights that most major whitefish stocks have increased in Scottish waters since the mid-2000s while fishing pressure has reduced significantly.

The report – Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2016 – produced by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Shetland draws upon the most recently published data from the […]

January 30th, 2017|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

Common-sense approach needed for discard ban

Commenting on the claim by WWF Scotland that the discard ban is being inadequately policed, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF said:

“No-one hates discarding more than our fishermen, who are making a comprehensive effort to comply with this largely unworkable regulation. Fishermen are doing everything possible to adhere to the rules and industry and […]

January 27th, 2017|Discards, General News|

Jubilee Sailing Trust on search for young volunteer for the trip of a lifetime!

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is on the search for a young volunteer from the north-east of Scotland (age 16 to 25) to participate in the trip of a lifetime aboard their sailing tall ship, Lord Nelson.

The place for the week long sailing voyage (21 to 28 April) from Aberdeen to the Isle of Man […]

January 27th, 2017|General News, SFF Services|

Calls for project ideas for second phase of fishing gear discards reduction initiative

Skippers, trawl makers and gear technologists are being urged to participate in the second phase of projects now being called by the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG) to develop and trial innovative new types of fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

Four projects were successfully completed in the first phase, the results of which offer […]

January 17th, 2017|General News, SFF|

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 […]

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation scoops green energy award

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) scooped a prestigious Scottish Green Energy Award for its work in enabling the fishing fleet to diversify into the offshore wind sector.

 The SFF and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were jointly nominated by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd for the ‘Contribution to Skills’ award in recognition of their efforts in enabling active […]

December 2nd, 2016|General News|

New President for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

Ian Gatt, the chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, has been elected as the new President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at its annual general meeting.

He takes over from Ross Dougal who had stepped down from the role due to ill health. A former fishermen and a past president of the SFF, […]

November 3rd, 2016|General News, SFF|

Brexit will help our coastal communities prosper

Brexit will deliver a sea of opportunity that will reinvigorate coastal and island communities and turn Scotland into a world class seafood harvesting nation, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), told guests at  tonight’s (2 November) Federation annual dinner in Edinburgh.

Speaking at the event, attended by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing […]

November 2nd, 2016|Brexit, General News|

Scottish fishers to highlight opportunities of Brexit

Scottish fishing leaders are taking their campaign to promote the opportunities that Brexit can deliver for Scotland’s coastal communities to the highest level with a series of meetings this coming week with key government representatives.

The Scottish fishing industry believes that Brexit provides a ‘sea of opportunity’ for Scotland and the UK to reinvigorate coastal and […]

October 24th, 2016|Brexit, General News, Press Release|