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 […]

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 […]