28June 2016

EU referendum result gives real hope for Scotland’s fishing communities

June 28th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

The European Union referendum result last week, which took so many in the country by surprise, opened up hope and ambition for Scotland’s fishing communities.   There is now real opportunity to implement sustainable and rationale stewardship of our fisheries, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive said:  “After many years – in […]

24June 2016

Following EU referendum leave vote, the work now begins to get best deal for fishing

June 24th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News|

Commenting on the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The result of the referendum brings both opportunities and challenges for the fishing industry and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the best possible deal […]

21June 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation encouraged by first meeting with new Fisheries Minister

June 21st, 2016|Brexit, General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) had their first introductory meeting with Fergus Ewing, the new Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, yesterday afternoon (20 June).

Speaking after the meeting, Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We were encouraged by our first meeting with the Minister.

“The SFF and the Cabinet Secretary were able to agree readily on […]

21June 2016

Our selective fishing gear is a real catch

June 21st, 2016|General News|

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in The Scotsman newspaper on 21 June 2016.

Among the many good news stories about fishing in recent years has been how innovation by our fishermen has spearheaded new designs of selective fishing gear that helps to conserve stocks.

One of the difficult […]

20June 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to meet with new Scots Fishing Minister

June 20th, 2016|General News, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) will hold its first meeting today (20 June) with Fergus Ewing, the new Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for fishing.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, says this initial meeting with the Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary in Edinburgh will enable the fishing industry to outline its key priorities.

“The fish […]

25May 2016

SFF at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016

May 25th, 2016|General News, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, who is sponsoring Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016, will have an open stand at this week’s event (28 and 29 May) where the team will be on hand to provide information on a whole range of current issues, including marine safety and the latest updates on various aspects of fisheries policy.
This […]

19May 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation throws its support behind Fair Isle Marine Protected Area proposal

May 19th, 2016|Marine Protected Areas|

A proposal for a ‘Demonstration and Research’ Marine Protected Area around Fair Isle has won the support of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

The proposal, which has been put forward by the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI), aims to demonstrate, through research and dissemination, the effectiveness of a community-led partnership approach in achieving […]

18May 2016

SFF comment on the appointment of new Fisheries Minister

May 18th, 2016|General News|

Commenting on the appointment of Fergus Ewing as the new Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for fishing (Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary), Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“We welcome the appointment of the new Minister and are pleased that this new cabinet position is focused on Scotland’s rural economy, of which […]

17May 2016

Fife Fishermen’s Association joins the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

May 17th, 2016|General News, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is pleased to announce that at its recent Executive Committee meeting an application for membership from the Fife Fishermen’s Association (FFA) was unanimously accepted.

The Fife Fishermen’s Association becomes the 10th constituent association in membership of the SFF along with the Anglo-Scottish Fishermen’s Association, Clyde Fishermen’s Association, Fishing Vessel Agents & […]

12May 2016

Iconic Scottish mackerel fishery achieves prestigious Marine Stewardship Council ecolabel

May 12th, 2016|Sustainability / Environment|

The commitment of Scottish pelagic fishermen to a sustainable future has been underlined by the certification of the North East Atlantic mackerel fishery with the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel.

Over 700 northern European mackerel fishing vessels from Scotland, Denmark, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France and Lithuania participated in the […]