23July 2015

Emotions running high over MPA management proposals

July 23rd, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

Few should question the strength of feeling and resentment that has arisen in traditional small fishing communities along the west coast of Scotland in the month that has elapsed since the Scottish Government announced highly contentious management proposals for MPAs, which, if implemented later this year, will prevent inshore mobile gear boats from continuing to […]

16July 2015

“Scientists indicate positive trend in European fisheries” Europeche Press Release

July 16th, 2015|Fisheries Science|

Europêche has welcomed the clear words from the scientific community and General Director of DG MARE, Lowri Evans, at yesterday’s seminar on ´the State of Fish Stocks´ organised by the European Commission. The scientific data presented showed a positive long term trend of increasing fish populations and a reduction of fishing mortality1.

The panel explained that […]

10July 2015

New entrants head out to sea

July 10th, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

The first phase of a ground-breaking pilot scheme to encourage young adults to consider a career in commercial fishing has been completed at the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead. The cohort of twelve, many of whom have never set foot on board a fishing boat, have successfully finished the three week introductory and safety course […]

7July 2015

SFF comment on meeting with Minister on Marine Protected Areas

July 7th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas, Press Release|

Commenting on this afternoon’s meeting between the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and its constituent associations with Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, in Glasgow (6 July) on the recently announced management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which threatens the viability of inshore fisheries on the West coast, Bertie […]

2July 2015

ICES Advice on North Sea fishing quotas 2016 recommends increase on major stocks

July 2nd, 2015|TACs and Quotas|

The International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has just published its catch quota recommendations on the Bay of Biscay (including the Iberian Coast), Celtic Seas and the Greater North Sea for 2016. These figures, based on scientific stock assessments, show significant increases for key species for 2016 with many stocks having shown clear […]

30June 2015

Rises in key fish stocks welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

June 30th, 2015|Fisheries Science|

The prospect of higher quotas for several key Scottish fish stocks in 2016 has been welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

The latest scientific assessments from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) indicates that North Sea haddock, cod and plaice stocks are all rising, as is megrim and Rockall haddock on […]

16June 2015

Scottish west coast inshore fishermen call for urgent meeting with Cabinet Secretary over impact of Marine Protected Area management measures

June 16th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

Scotland’s west coast inshore fishermen have requested an urgent meeting with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Richard Lochhead, so that he can hear at first-hand their mounting concerns over the serious impact that the Scottish Government’s recently announced Marine Protected Area (MPA) management measures will have on fragile fishing communities.

The scope […]

12June 2015

SFF slams Scottish Government over new management measures for Marine Protected Areas

June 12th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has  expressed disbelief and anger at the new management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters announced by the Scottish Government today (11 June).

The SFF maintains that the measures announced go far beyond the proportionate and evidential approach that was promised for the management arrangements of the MPA […]

5June 2015

Scallop dredging is a sustainable industry

June 5th, 2015|Fisheries Science, General News, Sustainability / Environment|

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 […]

4June 2015

How our fishermen are innovating for a sustainable future

June 4th, 2015|Fisheries Science, Sustainability / Environment|

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 […]