13September 2016

Scottish Fisheries Post-Brexit: A Sea of Opportunities

September 13th, 2016|Brexit, Sea of Opportunity|

Scottish Fisheries Post-Brexit: A Sea of Opportunities

The catching sector of the Scottish fishing industry is united in its conviction that exit from the EU presents a unique set of opportunities for Scotland to reinvigorate its coastal and island communities and deliver a thriving, profitable and sustainable seafood industry.


These opportunities stem from the fact […]

7September 2016

A sea of opportunity – Scottish fishermen launch campaign for fishing to be at heart of Brexit

September 7th, 2016|Brexit, General News, SFF|

A delegation of Scottish fishing industry leaders today (7 September) launched the start of their campaign to ensure that fishing forms a fundamental part of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, describing it as ‘sea of opportunity’ for delivering a sustainable future.

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) set out its aspirations for fishing following discussions last week with […]

24August 2016

Brexit on the agenda at Fisheries Innovation Scotland conference

August 24th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

The opportunities – and challenges – that Brexit could deliver for the Scottish fishing industry were highlighted at a cross-sector panel discussion at today’s (23 August) Fisheries Innovation Scotland conference in St Andrews.

 At the panel session, fishermen, NGOs, and representatives from the seafood supply chain discussed the implications of Brexit for the fishing industry.

 Bertie Armstrong, […]

19August 2016

SFF discusses Brexit with Secretary of State for Scotland

August 19th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation met with the Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell on Thursday 18 August as part of its strategy of gaining an early insight into Government thinking on the processes and goals of Brexit.

 The SFF’s principal objectives were too hear from the Secretary of State the developing framework for Brexit and […]

17August 2016

Brexit – a great opportunity for Scottish fishing

August 17th, 2016|Brexit, Press Release|

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Scotsman on 16 August 2016.

It’s embedded in human nature to be nervous of change – our thoughts tend to default to potential drawbacks rather than opportunities. Scottish coverage of Brexit has seen a fairly severe example of this […]

29July 2016

European and External Relations Committee

July 29th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) gave evidence earlier this week to the European and External Relations Committee.

The Official Report of the meeting is now available on the Parliament’s website and can be accessed by following this link: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10496&mode=pdf

Below is a clip of the meeting featuring Bertie Armstrong delivering the submission from the SFF at the […]

28July 2016

SFF welcomes decision to reject Regulating Order proposal for the Firth of Clyde

July 28th, 2016|Domestic Fisheries Policy, Inshore Fisheries, Sustainability / Environment|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has welcomed the decision today (28 July) by the Scottish Government to reject an application by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust for a  Regulating Order for the Firth of Clyde.

The SFF, along with the Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) had maintained that such a management regime was totally unnecessary, given that […]

27July 2016

SFF submits two Papers to the EERC

July 27th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The following two Papers have been submitted to the European and External Relations Committee (EERC) ahead of their Meeting Thursday 28th July.   SFF will attend to give evidence.

Paper 1:   Brexit and the Fishing Industry

 Paper 2:  Scottish Fishing – Synopsis of actions

14July 2016

SFF Services welcomes visit from Australian counterparts

July 14th, 2016|General News, SFF Services|

Following on from earlier meetings, John Harrison, chief executive of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC), this week visited the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) looking to pick up pointers for the setting up of a commercial services company with which to engage with the oil industry in Australia.

Over the last couple of years, the […]

5July 2016

SFF outlines to Rural Economy Secretary the opportunities leaving the EU brings to our fisheries

July 5th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) met with Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing today (4 July) in Glasgow where it underlined the positive impact leaving the EU would have on the way our fisheries are managed.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We outlined to the Minister the unanimous view of our membership of the real and […]