15March 2017

UK fish quotas grossly lower than stocks, say university scientists

March 15th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Fisheries Science, General News, Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

Most UK fish quotas are tiny relative to the size of stocks in our waters, according to a major new report by university scientists.

The gap between the total allowable catch (TAC) and the volume of fish is up to sixfold.

A team from Aberdeen University’s School of Biological Sciences analysed the spatial distribution of 17 commercial […]

13March 2017

Statement on proposed independence referendum

March 13th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “The focus of the fishing industry is entirely on ensuring we free ourselves from the straitjacket of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which forces us to give away to other EU countries almost 60 per cent of the fish in our waters.

“Any constitutional arrangement under […]

1March 2017

SFF rejects MEPs’ Brexit demands

March 1st, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Responding to the demand by the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament for continued full access to UK waters for EU boats after Brexit, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The fish in our waters are our natural resource, and the industry, Scottish Government and UK Government will not allow them to […]

25February 2017

Government assurances on Brexit negotiations welcomed

February 25th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Sea of Opportunity, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has welcomed assurances from the UK Government that the industry will not be deployed as a “bargaining chip” in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

In evidence to a Scottish Parliamentary committee this week, Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell emphasised the importance of fishing to Scotland.

He told members of the Culture, Tourism, […]

23February 2017

SFF Services scoops Scottish SME Award

February 23rd, 2017|General News, Press Release, SFF Services|

SFF Services Ltd (SFFSL) scooped a prestigious Scottish Business Insider & Bank of Scotland Scottish SME Award last night (22 February) in recognition of its strong operational performance.

SFFSL came top in the SME300 Best Newcomer Award category at a glittering event held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel.

Steven Alexander, managing director of SFFSL (pictured above), said: […]

2February 2017

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation comment on Brexit White Paper

February 2nd, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

Commenting on the Brexit plan set out in the Government’s White Paper today (2 February), Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation welcomes the Prime Minister’ s stated approach to the Brexit negotiations as one of anticipating success.  Delivery of the White Paper vision of a world leading food industry […]

2February 2017

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to sponsor Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2017

February 2nd, 2017|General News, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS, Press Release|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has thrown its support behind Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2017 by signing-up once again as official sponsor for Scotland’s top fisheries event.

This will be the fifth year in a row that the SFF has sponsored Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen and their support comes at a time when the show is […]

31January 2017

New man overboard prevention and sea survival course for fishermen

January 31st, 2017|General News, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS, Marine Safety & Training|

A ground breaking new pilot training course for fishermen aimed at preventing man overboard incidents and improving survival and recovery procedures has just been completed at the RNLI’s Training College in Poole, Dorset.

The RNLI, working in conjunction with the UK fishing industry, has developed the two-day training course to better reflect real-life sea conditions so […]

30January 2017

Scottish fishermen welcome new report on recovering fish stocks

January 30th, 2017|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

Scottish fishermen have welcomed a new report which highlights that most major whitefish stocks have increased in Scottish waters since the mid-2000s while fishing pressure has reduced significantly.

The report – Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2016 – produced by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Shetland draws upon the most recently published data from the […]

27January 2017

Common-sense approach needed for discard ban

January 27th, 2017|Discards, General News|

Commenting on the claim by WWF Scotland that the discard ban is being inadequately policed, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF said:

“No-one hates discarding more than our fishermen, who are making a comprehensive effort to comply with this largely unworkable regulation. Fishermen are doing everything possible to adhere to the rules and industry and […]