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CFP exit only way forward for industry, says SFF chief in election message

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong has insisted that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy is the only way forward for the industry.

In a message to politicians ahead of the General Election next week, he said fishermen simply would not agree to anything which takes them back into a system that deprives them of 60 […]

June 2nd, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Industry seeks support from Scotland’s parliamentarians

Fishermen’s leaders today urged MSPs to support the industry as it seeks a better deal for Scotland’s coastal communities in the post-Brexit era.

In a message to Scotland’s parliamentarians, SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “As you know, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is seeking cross-party support for a better future for Scotland’s world-class, sustainable seafood industry, not […]

May 17th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Election candidates in coastal communities urged to support exit from CFP

The UK fishing industry is challenging General Election candidates in our coastal communities to pledge their support for restoring control of UK waters.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “We are asking voters in our coastal communities to press candidates to sign our pledge and back this important industry.

“Many candidates have already […]

May 12th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

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 […]

General Election: priority for industry is still CFP exit

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a General Election on June 8th, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “The priority of the fishing industry remains crystal clear – we must exit the hugely damaging Common Fisheries Policy and restore control of UK waters.

“Fishermen in all our coastal communities will expect the […]

April 18th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Restored control of fishing absolute industry priority for Brexit negotiations

Complete control of fisheries in UK waters must be restored to this country during the Brexit negotiations, industry leaders insisted today as the government prepared to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said the case for repatriating powers entirely to the UK government and the devolved […]

March 28th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Successful PFD scheme comes to an end

Some 3,500 personal flotation devices (PFDs) have been supplied to fishermen working on Scottish-registered boats, with the intention of increasing the usage of a flotation garment while working on the open deck.

The successful four-year scheme, run by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), has now come to an end.

Derek Cardno, SFF marine safety and training officer, […]

March 23rd, 2017|General News, Marine Safety & Training, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen demand retraction of Marine Conservation Society’s false claims about haddock stocks

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has demanded that the Marine Conservation Society retract its misleading comments about North Sea and West of Scotland haddock stocks.

The organisation reacted angrily to the MCS’s “downgrade” of haddock in its latest consumer guide, insisting that the fishery is well-managed at sustainable levels.

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The MCS has […]

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 […]