17December 2015

SFF Yearbook 2016

December 17th, 2015|General News, SFF|

SFF Yearbook and Diary 2016 – published November – distributed to members December 2015

16December 2015

EU fish quota talks conclude

December 16th, 2015|Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, TACs and Quotas|

EU talks to finalise fish catching opportunity for 2016 concluded in Brussels early this morning (16 December) with quota increases for several key Scottish stocks.

Quota rises were agreed for haddock (+30%), North Sea cod (+15%), North Sea herring (+16%), megrim (+26%), monkfish (+20%) and West coast prawns (+16%). North Sea whiting and lemon sole quotas […]

11December 2015

EU Fish Council to decide on catching opportunities for 2016 starts next week

December 11th, 2015|Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Sustainability / Environment, TACs and Quotas|

Negotiations to finalise catching opportunities for 2016 get underway at the European Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (14 December).

These talks have 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 major sea-change in […]

9December 2015

Scottish mackerel fishermen bitterly disappointed at outcome of Faroese talks

December 9th, 2015|Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Sustainability / Environment|

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 […]

5December 2015

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

December 5th, 2015|Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Sustainability / Environment|

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 […]

26November 2015

Funded training – change to eligibility criteria for experienced fishermen

November 26th, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

Following discussion at the most recent FISG Fishermen’s Training Project Group meeting in Southampton, it has been decided that, with immediate effect, only experienced fishermen who can provide evidence that they have been fishing for at least 60 days within the last two years will be eligible for funding towards the cost of any approved […]

24November 2015

Scottish fishermen rewarded for helping clean our seas

November 24th, 2015|Sustainability / Environment|

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 […]

19November 2015

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

November 19th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas, Sustainability / Environment|

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 […]

15November 2015

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

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

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 […]

5November 2015

Political support needed to help fishing industry tackle challenges ahead

November 5th, 2015|General News|

The Scottish fishing industry is currently facing numerous challenges, most notably in adapting to new ‘Landing Obligation’ regulations to eliminate discards at sea, Ross Dougal, President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), told guests at tonight’s (4 November) Federation annual dinner in Edinburgh.

Mr Dougal told the event, attended by Scottish Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead and […]