25April 2017

Industry challenges election candidates to sign Brexit pledge

April 25th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The UK fishing industry is challenging candidates in the General Election to pledge their support for its priority of restoring control of UK waters.

Fishermen’s leaders insist that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is the only way of ending the farcical situation under which the country is forced to give away almost two-thirds of the […]

18April 2017

General Election: priority for industry is still CFP exit

April 18th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a General Election on June 8th, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “The priority of the fishing industry remains crystal clear – we must exit the hugely damaging Common Fisheries Policy and restore control of UK waters.

“Fishermen in all our coastal communities will expect the […]

28March 2017

Restored control of fishing absolute industry priority for Brexit negotiations

March 28th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Complete control of fisheries in UK waters must be restored to this country during the Brexit negotiations, industry leaders insisted today as the government prepared to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said the case for repatriating powers entirely to the UK government and the devolved […]

23March 2017

Successful PFD scheme comes to an end

March 23rd, 2017|General News, Marine Safety & Training, Press Release, SFF|

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, […]

17March 2017

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

March 17th, 2017|General News, Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

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 […]

15March 2017

UK fish quotas grossly lower than stocks, say university scientists

March 15th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Fisheries Science, General News, Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

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 […]

13March 2017

Statement on proposed independence referendum

March 13th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

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 […]

1March 2017

SFF rejects MEPs’ Brexit demands

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

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 […]

25February 2017

Government assurances on Brexit negotiations welcomed

February 25th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Sea of Opportunity, SFF|

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, […]

23February 2017

SFF Services scoops Scottish SME Award

February 23rd, 2017|General News, Press Release, SFF Services|

SFF Services Ltd (SFFSL) scooped a prestigious Scottish Business Insider & Bank of Scotland Scottish SME Award last night (22 February) in recognition of its strong operational performance.

SFFSL came top in the SME300 Best Newcomer Award category at a glittering event held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel.

Steven Alexander, managing director of SFFSL (pictured above), said: […]