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 […]

3June 2015

Vacancies: Fisheries Observers

June 3rd, 2015|Fisheries Science, General News|

Fisheries Observers

SFF Services Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation. The company’s activities include managing a team of fisheries observers who collect data for the Independent Onboard Observer Scheme which supports and informs the joint Industry/Government Fisheries Management and Conservation Group.

We have a current requirement for one additional full time observer […]

3June 2015

Inshore fishermen to voice ‘breach of trust’ concerns

June 3rd, 2015|Fisheries Science, Inshore Fisheries, Marine Protected Areas|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and its constituent associations will meet with Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, in Glasgow this Monday (6 July) to highlight their anger and dismay over recently announced management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which threatens the viability of inshore fisheries on the […]

21May 2015

Scottish fisherman who nearly drowned backs Personal Flotation Device sea safety campaign

May 21st, 2015|Marine Safety & Training|

Dougie Brown, 52, from the Isle of Coll, experienced a brush with death after being tossed into the water from his fishing boat on 14th February 2014. Had it not been for his personal flotation device (PFD), and as a weak swimmer, the fisherman would have most certainly died.

Mr Brown, who regularly goes out alone […]

14May 2015

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation comment on provisional landing figures for 2014

May 14th, 2015|Discards, Fisheries Science, General News|

Commenting on the provisional statistics published today (14 May) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2014 increased by 19 per cent and the volume by 31 per cent, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“Whilst we welcome the fact […]