/Press Release

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 […]

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|