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 […]

10May 2016

Encouraging results from fishing trials with new trawl design for reducing unwanted catches

May 10th, 2016|Discards, Fisheries Science, Sustainability / Environment|

Preliminary fishing trials using a new design of prawn trawl developed to reduce unwanted bycatches of fish have produced encouraging results.

The prototype trawl, which is the brainchild of fishing skipper Jimmy Buchan and netmaker Mark Buchan of Jackson Trawls, is designed to aid North Sea prawn fishermen comply with new Landing Obligation regulations (discard ban).

Working […]

4May 2016

Fishing must be top priority for next Government

May 4th, 2016|General News|

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in The Scotsman on 4 May 2016

Fishing is so very important to Scotland and one of our country’s greatest renewable natural resources. When the oil and gas has gone, we will still have fish in the sea and a fundamental keystone […]

13April 2016

Impact of ‘choke stocks’ could wreak havoc on fishing fleets

April 13th, 2016|Discards, Sustainability / Environment, TACs and Quotas|

Overcoming the impact of so-called ‘choke stocks’ will be one of the principal challenges facing fisheries managers to ensure the discard ban does not wreak havoc on the viability of the Scottish fishing fleet.

This is the view of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) who fear that choke species – fish where all quota has been […]

4April 2016

Much to be positive about – but challenges remain

April 4th, 2016|General News|

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in the Buchan Observer’s Fishing in Focus feature

I can’t recall a time in the past when I’ve opened the SFF’s annual Fishing in Focus feature on a positive note – which is why I am so happy to do so this time […]

24March 2016

Management changes at SFF Services Ltd provide platform for growth

March 24th, 2016|SFF Services|

SFF Services Ltd (SFFSL) – the commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) – has made several key management changes in a move that will help broaden the company’s portfolio for the offshore marine sector.

Under the new structure, Steven Alexander, previously Director of Business Development, becomes Managing Director of the company, John Watt is […]

11March 2016

Europe and Scottish fishing

March 11th, 2016|Domestic Fisheries Policy, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

Europe – and our place in it – is never far away from the forefront of politics and passionate debate. Being part of the EU affects all walks of life, but most especially fishing. Indeed, the very term Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stokes the strongest emotions within the industry: of all the people in the […]