15September 2015

Scotland’s hardworking fishermen need a lifeline

September 15th, 2015|General News|

The following article, By Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Scotsman newspaper on 15 September 2015.

At first glance fishing may seem a rather simple business; you catch your fish or shellfish in a trawl or creel, which are managed by quotas or other limitations to keep landings to […]

8September 2015

Help stop the rising tide of litter at Cairnbulg beach

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

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 […]

3September 2015

SFF comment on landing figures for 2014

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

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 […]

28August 2015

SFF comment on deep-sea trawling study

August 28th, 2015|Fisheries Science|

Researchers at the University of Glasgow and Marine Scotland Science published a study (27 August) on the impact of deep-sea trawling at depths of 600m or more.

According to the researchers in the study ‘A Scientific Basis for Regulating Deep-Sea Fishing by Depth’, results from the research suggest there are conservation benefits to limiting deep-sea trawling […]

17August 2015

Gear Group established to develop innovative technology ahead of discard ban

August 17th, 2015|Discards, Fisheries Science|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has secured advance funding from theEuropean Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and Marine Scotland for a project to develop and trial innovative fishing gear to reduce the amount of discards vessels will have to deal with when the discard ban is phased-in for demersal fisheries from 1 January 2016.

With the […]

7August 2015

SFF calls for study into impact of MPA measures on fishing communities

August 7th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is urging the Scottish Government to delay any final decision on the new management arrangements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) until a proper analysis is made on the socio-economic impact on fishing communities on the West coast of Scotland.

In a letter to Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food […]

3August 2015

MAIB accident statistics underlines why fishermen need to take advantage of Seafish funded training

August 3rd, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

Following the recent publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s (MAIB) annual report, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) says that the accident statistics underline why fishermen must take advantage of safety training funds available from Seafish.

According to the MAIB report, eight fishermen lost their lives in 2014, compared with four in 2013. The average number […]

27July 2015


July 27th, 2015|General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is backing the Scottish government by expressing their concerns over the damaging effects of the cross-channel trade delays.

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the SFF said: “One result of the chaotic situation caused by high-profile disturbances at the channel crossings has been to hold up lorry loads of highly perishable fish […]

24July 2015


July 24th, 2015|General News, Marine Protected Areas|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) have demanded a response from Richard Lochhead on questions about his decision-making on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  In a letter, the SFF has accused the Scottish Fisheries Minister of placing management measures which are irrational and deeply damaging to fragile communities, disregarding his own mechanism to develop properly evidenced protection […]

23July 2015

Mallaig facing an uncertain future – fishermen and their families devastated by MPA proposals

July 23rd, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

The following article by David Linkie appeared in Fishing News for week ending 24 July

Mallaig is one of the busiest harbours on the west coast of Scotland, where local and seasonal visiting boats, mainly traditional inshore vessels, land catches with an annual value of nearly £10m, more than 50% of which comes from prawns. Without […]