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 […]

27January 2017

Jubilee Sailing Trust on search for young volunteer for the trip of a lifetime!

January 27th, 2017|General News, SFF Services|

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is on the search for a young volunteer from the north-east of Scotland (age 16 to 25) to participate in the trip of a lifetime aboard their sailing tall ship, Lord Nelson.

The place for the week long sailing voyage (21 to 28 April) from Aberdeen to the Isle of Man […]

17January 2017

Calls for project ideas for second phase of fishing gear discards reduction initiative

January 17th, 2017|General News, SFF|

Skippers, trawl makers and gear technologists are being urged to participate in the second phase of projects now being called by the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG) to develop and trial innovative new types of fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

Four projects were successfully completed in the first phase, the results of which offer […]

20December 2016

SFF Inshore Fisheries Policy Brexit and beyond

December 20th, 2016|Brexit, Domestic Fisheries Policy, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Inshore Fisheries|

Introduction – Inshore Fisheries

Geographically and politically for the purposes of management, the area defined as inshore extends to 6nm from land, but fixed definitions of what the inshore is are not helpful. The 6nm does not contain the limits of the inshore fishery, nor does it limit the access of the offshore fishery to […]

19December 2016

SFF lays out Brexit fishing requirements to Commons Select Committee on Brexit

December 19th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

At an evidence session of the Commons Brexit Select Committee today (19 December) at Aberdeen University, Bertie Armstrong from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and  Michael Bates from the Scottish Seafood Association together  laid out the considerable prize that Brexit will bring for sustainable food production and the revitalisation of coastal communities.

The principal points made in […]

14December 2016

EU Fisheries Council sets 2017 fish catching opportunities

December 14th, 2016|Brexit, Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News|

The EU Fisheries Council to finalise catching opportunities for 2017 has concluded early this morning (14 December) in Brussels with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome for […]

9December 2016

Crucial talks on fish catching opportunity for 2017 set to get underway

December 9th, 2016|Brexit, Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

Negotiations to finalise fish catching opportunities for 2017 will begin at the annual EU Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (12 December).

The negotiations are especially significant for the UK as this will be the first end-of-the-year  EU Council meeting to decide upon annual quotas since the Brexit vote.

Many quota shares have already been finalised […]

6December 2016

Scots fishing industry in cross-party support call over Brexit

December 6th, 2016|Brexit|

Ahead of tomorrow’s fisheries debate (7 December) in the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is highlighting to MSPs the importance of cross-party support to ensure Scotland’s fishing communities benefit from the opportunities presented by Brexit.

Tomorrow’s debate will focus on our sea fisheries and the end-of-the-year EU Fish Council which commences next week (12 […]

5December 2016

Scots fishermen express disappointment at EU-Norway blue whiting catch arrangements


Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment at the blue whiting catch arrangements for 2017 finalised at the EU-Norway talks for shared stocks which concluded in Bergen on 2 December.

The agreement, which the Scottish negotiating team voted against, will see an increased access arrangement for Norway, which will enable them to catch 68% of their […]

2December 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation scoops green energy award

December 2nd, 2016|General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) scooped a prestigious Scottish Green Energy Award for its work in enabling the fishing fleet to diversify into the offshore wind sector.

 The SFF and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were jointly nominated by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd for the ‘Contribution to Skills’ award in recognition of their efforts in enabling active […]