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Scottish mackerel fishermen bitterly disappointed at outcome of Faroese talks

The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has expressed bitter disappointed at the failure of EU-Faroe talks in Copenhagen to reduce access arrangements for Faroese vessels to catch mackerel in EU waters.

The Scottish pelagic sector had been pressing hard for a rebalancing of the access arrangements because they are skewed heavily in favour of the Faroese, enabling […]

EU-Norway fish catch agreement reflects healthy stocks but challenges remain with discard ban

Talks between the EU and Norway to finalise catching opportunities for shared fish stocks for 2016 concluded in Bergen, Norway, last night (4 December).

These talks had special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a […]

Scottish fishermen rewarded for helping clean our seas

KIMO UK’s Fishing for Litter Scotland project was honoured to receive the RSPB’s prestigious Nature of Scotland Award for Marine Conservation during its 4th Annual Award ceremony at the Grand Sheraton in Edinburgh last week. The award, sponsored by Northlink Ferries, recognises an “outstanding contribution to the conservation or sustainable management of Scotland’s precious marine […]

November 24th, 2015|Sustainability / Environment|

Clyde Fishermen’s Association hosts open meetings to highlight threats facing communities

The Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) is hosting a series of public meetings in fishing communities around the Firth of Clyde to highlight concerns over the potential community-wide impact of proposed fisheries management measures.

The management arrangements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Clyde combined with a proposed ‘Regulating Order’ from the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust […]

First round of EU/Norway talks for shared fish stocks underway

The first round of talks between the EU and Norway to set catching opportunities for shared fish stocks for 2016 get underway in Copenhagen tomorrow (16 November).

The negotiations will cover several key species for the Scottish fishing fleet, including North Sea cod, haddock, saithe and herring. Scientific advice is recommending an increase for North Sea […]

November 15th, 2015|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

Help stop the rising tide of litter at Cairnbulg beach

September 29th, 2015|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

Help stop the rising tide of litter at Cairnbulg beach

Three organisations based in the north-east are joining forces this month to highlight the problems caused by marine litter and are seeking volunteers to help take action to clear an Aberdeenshire beach.

Aberdeenshire Council, KIMO UK and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation have organised a beach clean at Cairnbulg between 11am-3pm on Sunday, September 20 to coincide […]

September 8th, 2015|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

SFF comment on landing figures for 2014

Commenting on the statistics published today (3 September) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2014 increased by 18 per cent in real terms from 2013 and the volume by 31 per cent, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“These […]

September 3rd, 2015|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

Scallop dredging is a sustainable industry

Contrary to the claims of some environmentalists, Scottish dredgers operate sustainably, says Anne-Margaret Anderson, inshore & environmental policy co-ordinator for Scottish White Fish Producers Association

The stark truth is that this country’s highly regulated, carefully targeted scallop fishery has very little impact on sensitive areas of the seabed.

Depressingly, rather than ensuring they are well informed about […]

How our fishermen are innovating for a sustainable future

This article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Scotsman on 4 June 2015.

It is one of the biggest challenges facing fishermen today – how do you catch the types of fish or shellfish you want, and of the sizes you want, whilst at the same time avoiding non-target fish such […]