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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 […]

Appointment of marine scientist will boost fish stock conservation

In a landmark development, the representative association for Scotland’s mackerel and herring fishermen has appointed a Chief Scientific Officer to spearhead marine research to boost our understanding of key pelagic fish stocks and improve their management.

The appointment of Dr Steven Mackinson by the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) represents an innovative new approach to fisheries […]

June 29th, 2016|General News|

EU referendum result gives real hope for Scotland’s fishing communities

The European Union referendum result last week, which took so many in the country by surprise, opened up hope and ambition for Scotland’s fishing communities.   There is now real opportunity to implement sustainable and rationale stewardship of our fisheries, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive said:  “After many years – in […]

June 28th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

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 […]

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation encouraged by first meeting with new Fisheries Minister

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) had their first introductory meeting with Fergus Ewing, the new Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, yesterday afternoon (20 June).

Speaking after the meeting, Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We were encouraged by our first meeting with the Minister.

“The SFF and the Cabinet Secretary were able to agree readily on […]

June 21st, 2016|Brexit, General News|

Our selective fishing gear is a real catch

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in The Scotsman newspaper on 21 June 2016.

Among the many good news stories about fishing in recent years has been how innovation by our fishermen has spearheaded new designs of selective fishing gear that helps to conserve stocks.

One of the difficult […]

June 21st, 2016|General News|