16June 2017

Fishing leaders re-iterate demand for clean CFP exit

June 16th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong today welcomed Scottish Secretary David Mundell to the UK’s leading fishing port and re-iterated the industry’s demand for a clean exit from the disastrous Common Fisheries Policy.

“I’m glad the Secretary of State has chosen to visit Peterhead to hear for himself the opinions of individual fishermen and […]

14June 2017

SFF gives continued backing to mixed sustainable Scottish inshore industry

June 14th, 2017|General News, Press Release, Sustainability / Environment|

Responding to a newly released report from the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation, Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “The report seems to demand a return of a three-mile fishing limit, which for good reason was abandoned 33 years ago.

“Careful reading of the report reveals that what is actually being demanded is the […]

2June 2017

CFP exit only way forward for industry, says SFF chief in election message

June 2nd, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong has insisted that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy is the only way forward for the industry.

In a message to politicians ahead of the General Election next week, he said fishermen simply would not agree to anything which takes them back into a system that deprives them of 60 […]

17May 2017

Industry seeks support from Scotland’s parliamentarians

May 17th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen’s leaders today urged MSPs to support the industry as it seeks a better deal for Scotland’s coastal communities in the post-Brexit era.

In a message to Scotland’s parliamentarians, SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “As you know, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is seeking cross-party support for a better future for Scotland’s world-class, sustainable seafood industry, not […]

12May 2017

Election candidates in coastal communities urged to support exit from CFP

May 12th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The UK fishing industry is challenging General Election candidates in our coastal communities to pledge their support for restoring control of UK waters.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “We are asking voters in our coastal communities to press candidates to sign our pledge and back this important industry.

“Many candidates have already […]

25April 2017

Industry challenges election candidates to sign Brexit pledge

April 25th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The UK fishing industry is challenging candidates in the General Election to pledge their support for its priority of restoring control of UK waters.

Fishermen’s leaders insist that exiting the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is the only way of ending the farcical situation under which the country is forced to give away almost two-thirds of the […]

18April 2017

General Election: priority for industry is still CFP exit

April 18th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Reacting to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a General Election on June 8th, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “The priority of the fishing industry remains crystal clear – we must exit the hugely damaging Common Fisheries Policy and restore control of UK waters.

“Fishermen in all our coastal communities will expect the […]

28March 2017

Restored control of fishing absolute industry priority for Brexit negotiations

March 28th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Complete control of fisheries in UK waters must be restored to this country during the Brexit negotiations, industry leaders insisted today as the government prepared to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said the case for repatriating powers entirely to the UK government and the devolved […]

23March 2017

Successful PFD scheme comes to an end

March 23rd, 2017|General News, Marine Safety & Training, Press Release, SFF|

Some 3,500 personal flotation devices (PFDs) have been supplied to fishermen working on Scottish-registered boats, with the intention of increasing the usage of a flotation garment while working on the open deck.

The successful four-year scheme, run by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), has now come to an end.

Derek Cardno, SFF marine safety and training officer, […]

17March 2017

Scottish fishermen demand retraction of Marine Conservation Society’s false claims about haddock stocks

March 17th, 2017|General News, Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has demanded that the Marine Conservation Society retract its misleading comments about North Sea and West of Scotland haddock stocks.

The organisation reacted angrily to the MCS’s “downgrade” of haddock in its latest consumer guide, insisting that the fishery is well-managed at sustainable levels.

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The MCS has […]