16November 2017

Industry leads the way on ILO188

November 16th, 2017|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

The UK’s fishing federations in conjunction with the MCA Fishing Safety ​team have together developed a Fishing Safety Management (FSM) System that will assist fishermen with the imminent implementation of a generational change to fishing safety legislation – the Work in Fishing Convention (ILO 188) aimed at creating a set of common worldwide standards for […]

1November 2017

Industry pushes for fast CFP exit

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

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: […]

31October 2017

Letter to The Times

October 31st, 2017|IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

Dear Sir

Having read The Times article and editorial earlier this week, I write to clarify the position of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation with regards to the Withdrawal Bill and the UK’s exit from the EU.

Post Brexit, we are driven by and will argue for the arrangements which provide the most sustainable and beneficial future for […]

24October 2017

New codes of practice to improve fishing safety come into force

October 24th, 2017|IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

Three new Codes of Practice came into force on 23rd October, which will improve safety for everyone in the fishing industry.

All three Codes have been developed with the help of the Fishing Industry Safety Group (which includes fishing federations, Seafish, the Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association and the Fishermen’s Mission). Each Code has been designed to […]

20October 2017

No case for transfer of quota to creel fishermen

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

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 […]

12October 2017

Strong public support for control of fisheries post-Brexit

October 12th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

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 […]

13July 2017

Great Repeal Bill is first step to full UK control of waters

July 13th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, SFF|

Responding to the publication today of the UK Government’s Great Repeal Bill, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “As far as fisheries are concerned, the Great Repeal Bill is the first legislative step towards full UK control and management of its own waters.

“That control and management cannot be obtained without the […]

13July 2017

Help us raise money for Charlie House Charity

July 13th, 2017|General News|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation staff are raising money for the Charlie House Charity by participating in the BRG Coastal Challenge on Saturday 19th August.

Several members of the SFF/SFF Services family will be undertaking the gruelling trek either by walking, running or cycling.

Along with the beautiful scenery the worthwhile cause will spur us on – Charlie House […]

7July 2017

UK urged to follow Icelandic approach to fisheries

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

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 […]

21June 2017

Statement on Queen’s Speech

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

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 […]