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EU catches more fish in UK waters than the British! Brexit could create a sea of opportunity for our coastal communities, say Scots fishers

The release of a report today (11 October) which reveals that EU boats catch more fish in the UK’s Exclusive Economic (EEZ) zone than the British fishing fleet underlines why Brexit provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to regain control of our national waters, say Scottish fishermen.

The report produced by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Shetland […]

October 11th, 2016|Brexit, General News, Press Release|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation shortlisted for prestigious green energy award

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has been shortlisted in the prestigious Scottish Green Energy Awards 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 […]

Scots fishers welcome commitment given to fishing by UK minister

Scottish fishermen have welcomed the recognition given today (3 October) by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom, of the important role fishing plays in UK food production.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, the minister also stated that she was convinced the fishing would have a bright […]

Brexit offers unparalleled opportunity for our coastal communities to prosper

The EU referendum has handed the Scottish fishing industry an unparalleled opportunity to deliver a significant boost to investment and employment for our fragile coastal communities, say Scottish fishing leaders ahead of tomorrow’s (27 September) Holyrood parliamentary debate on Brexit and Scotland’s rural economy.

In a briefing paper for MSPs, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and […]

September 27th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

A sea of opportunity – Scottish fishermen launch campaign for fishing to be at heart of Brexit

A delegation of Scottish fishing industry leaders today (7 September) launched the start of their campaign to ensure that fishing forms a fundamental part of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, describing it as ‘sea of opportunity’ for delivering a sustainable future.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) set out its aspirations for fishing following discussions last week with […]

September 7th, 2016|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Brexit on the agenda at Fisheries Innovation Scotland conference

The opportunities – and challenges – that Brexit could deliver for the Scottish fishing industry were highlighted at a cross-sector panel discussion at today’s (23 August) Fisheries Innovation Scotland conference in St Andrews.

 At the panel session, fishermen, NGOs, and representatives from the seafood supply chain discussed the implications of Brexit for the fishing industry.

 Bertie Armstrong, […]

August 24th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

SFF discusses Brexit with Secretary of State for Scotland

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation met with the Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell on Thursday 18 August as part of its strategy of gaining an early insight into Government thinking on the processes and goals of Brexit.

 The SFF’s principal objectives were too hear from the Secretary of State the developing framework for Brexit and […]

August 19th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

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 Services welcomes visit from Australian counterparts

Following on from earlier meetings, John Harrison, chief executive of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC), this week visited the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) looking to pick up pointers for the setting up of a commercial services company with which to engage with the oil industry in Australia.

Over the last couple of years, the […]

July 14th, 2016|General News, SFF Services|

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 […]