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Overwhelming public support for UK taking back control of fishing grounds

There is powerful public support for the UK taking back control of its fishing grounds when the country leaves the EU in March 2019, or soon afterwards.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation found that 79% of voters who expressed an opinion believe the country should exit the Common Fisheries Policy right away […]

January 16th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen urge EU nations to avoid hardline stance

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have cautioned other EU countries against trying to block the UK taking back control of its fishing industry in the Brexit negotiations.

At the conclusion of the last but one round of annual negotiations in Brussels over fishing opportunity, they said it would be counter-productive for the 27 EU nations to adopt hardline […]

December 13th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen urge ministers to rule out long Brexit transition

Fishermen’s leaders today urged ministers to rule out a long Brexit transition for the industry to ensure clarity for UK fleets as they leave the Common Fisheries Policy.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of umbrella body the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that to fit in with the calendar of international fisheries negotiations, a nine-month “bridge” is all […]

Industry pushes for fast CFP exit

The Scottish fishing industry is urging both governments to support its plan for a nine-month “bridge” after March 2019 to smooth the exit from the Common Fisheries Policy.

In his speech to the annual Scottish Fishermen’s Federation dinner tonight, chief executive Bertie Armstrong will set out the reasons for such a “common sense” approach.

He will say: […]

November 1st, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

No case for transfer of quota to creel fishermen

Prawn trawlers in Scotland are just as competitive as the creel fleet, undermining the case for a major transfer of quota.
 
That is the conclusion of a study carried out for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation (SFO) following a series of unfounded claims made by the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation.
 
Researchers at the […]

October 20th, 2017|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Strong public support for control of fisheries post-Brexit

Almost two-thirds of the public believe access to UK waters should be blocked or limited for EU fishing boats after Brexit.

Thirty-two per cent say vessels must be allowed in only under strict rules while 27 per cent think they must be kept out.

Meanwhile 56 per cent of people agree that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy […]

UK urged to follow Icelandic approach to fisheries

The UK should follow the example of its northern neighbours Iceland and Norway when it comes to managing fisheries – because they have been far more successful than the EU at conserving stocks and sustaining coastal communities.

That’s the analysis of an Icelandic expert based on his country’s experiences right back to the Cod Wars of […]

July 7th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Queen’s Speech

Responding to the detail of the Queen’s Speech, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Brexit will automatically remove the UK from the Common Fisheries Policy framework, so legislation to ensure that the UK is solely responsible for both access to and management of our waters is very welcome indeed.

“It’s heartening that ministers recognise the importance […]

June 21st, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishing leaders re-iterate demand for clean CFP exit

Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong today welcomed Scottish Secretary David Mundell to the UK’s leading fishing port and re-iterated the industry’s demand for a clean exit from the disastrous Common Fisheries Policy.

“I’m glad the Secretary of State has chosen to visit Peterhead to hear for himself the opinions of individual fishermen and […]

June 16th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

SFF gives continued backing to mixed sustainable Scottish inshore industry

Responding to a newly released report from the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation, Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “The report seems to demand a return of a three-mile fishing limit, which for good reason was abandoned 33 years ago.

“Careful reading of the report reveals that what is actually being demanded is the […]