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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|

Scottish fishermen demand retraction of Marine Conservation Society’s false claims about haddock stocks

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has demanded that the Marine Conservation Society retract its misleading comments about North Sea and West of Scotland haddock stocks.

The organisation reacted angrily to the MCS’s “downgrade” of haddock in its latest consumer guide, insisting that the fishery is well-managed at sustainable levels.

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The MCS has […]

UK fish quotas grossly lower than stocks, say university scientists

Most UK fish quotas are tiny relative to the size of stocks in our waters, according to a major new report by university scientists.

The gap between the total allowable catch (TAC) and the volume of fish is up to sixfold.

A team from Aberdeen University’s School of Biological Sciences analysed the spatial distribution of 17 commercial […]

Statement on proposed independence referendum

Chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “The focus of the fishing industry is entirely on ensuring we free ourselves from the straitjacket of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which forces us to give away to other EU countries almost 60 per cent of the fish in our waters.

“Any constitutional arrangement under […]

SFF rejects MEPs’ Brexit demands

Responding to the demand by the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament for continued full access to UK waters for EU boats after Brexit, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The fish in our waters are our natural resource, and the industry, Scottish Government and UK Government will not allow them to […]

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

Government assurances on Brexit negotiations welcomed

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has welcomed assurances from the UK Government that the industry will not be deployed as a “bargaining chip” in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

In evidence to a Scottish Parliamentary committee this week, Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell emphasised the importance of fishing to Scotland.

He told members of the Culture, Tourism, […]

Calls for project ideas for second phase of fishing gear discards reduction initiative

Skippers, trawl makers and gear technologists are being urged to participate in the second phase of projects now being called by the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG) to develop and trial innovative new types of fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

Four projects were successfully completed in the first phase, the results of which offer […]

January 17th, 2017|General News, SFF|

New President for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

Ian Gatt, the chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, has been elected as the new President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at its annual general meeting.

He takes over from Ross Dougal who had stepped down from the role due to ill health. A former fishermen and a past president of the SFF, […]

November 3rd, 2016|General News, SFF|

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 […]

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|