/Marine Safety & Training

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|

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 […]

Funded training – change to eligibility criteria for experienced fishermen

Following discussion at the most recent FISG Fishermen’s Training Project Group meeting in Southampton, it has been decided that, with immediate effect, only experienced fishermen who can provide evidence that they have been fishing for at least 60 days within the last two years will be eligible for funding towards the cost of any approved […]

November 26th, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

MAIB accident statistics underlines why fishermen need to take advantage of Seafish funded training

Following the recent publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s (MAIB) annual report, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) says that the accident statistics underline why fishermen must take advantage of safety training funds available from Seafish.

According to the MAIB report, eight fishermen lost their lives in 2014, compared with four in 2013. The average number […]

August 3rd, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

New entrants head out to sea

The first phase of a ground-breaking pilot scheme to encourage young adults to consider a career in commercial fishing has been completed at the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead. The cohort of twelve, many of whom have never set foot on board a fishing boat, have successfully finished the three week introductory and safety course […]

July 10th, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

Scottish fisherman who nearly drowned backs Personal Flotation Device sea safety campaign

Dougie Brown, 52, from the Isle of Coll, experienced a brush with death after being tossed into the water from his fishing boat on 14th February 2014. Had it not been for his personal flotation device (PFD), and as a weak swimmer, the fisherman would have most certainly died.

Mr Brown, who regularly goes out alone […]

May 21st, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

Aberdeenshire youngsters secure places on new training course for a career in commercial fishing

Following a successful first round of interviews, 10 applicants have secured places to undertake training that will pave the way for a career in commercial fishing.

These successful applicants will now embark upon a three week introductory and safety course in June at the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA), the maritime centre of excellence within North East […]

April 29th, 2015|General News, Marine Safety & Training|

Fishing for the Future at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015

With the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) once again being show sponsor for the forthcoming Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen on 29 and 30 May 2015, a key theme at the event will be the promotion of career opportunities for youngsters in fishing.

Under the show theme of ‘Fishing for the Future’, the SFF and its partners – […]

March 18th, 2015|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

SFF at careers fair to promote opportunities in fishing

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is attending a Careers Fair at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre today (17 February).

At the event, which is aimed at teachers, the SFF in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Maritime Academy will be promoting the great career opportunities available in fishing. In particular, they will be highlighting […]

February 17th, 2015|General News, Marine Safety & Training|

New training scheme launched to encourage youngsters to embark upon a career in fishing

A ground-breaking new initiative to encourage youngsters to consider a career in commercial fishing is being launched in secondary schools in Aberdeenshire.

The pilot scheme led by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) aims to secure the future of Scottish fishing by encouraging a new generation of fishermen or women to go to sea. Fishing is worth […]

January 30th, 2015|General News, Marine Safety & Training|