A ground-breaking new initiative to encourage youngsters to consider a career in commercial fishing is being launched in secondary schools in Aberdeenshire. The pilot scheme led by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) aims to secure the future of Scottish fishing by encouraging a new generation of fishermen or women to go to sea. Fishing is [...]
1,000 vessel milestone reached as new Benarkle II kits itself out with free Personal Flotation Devices!
The skipper and crew of the latest addition to the Scottish fishing fleet, Benarkle II, have fully kitted themselves out with new free Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) supplied through the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s (SFF) successful safety initiative – and in the process have helped the scheme pass the 1,000 vessel milestone. Under the initiative, the [...]
Writing in The Guardian on 21 January, Professor Alex Rogers at the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford outlines why he thinks deep-sea trawling should be banned. He goes into a variety of reasons including the need to protect cold-water corals, sponge fields and unique underwater habits and species. He says that deep-sea [...]
An APP was launched today which will help make life safer for North Sea fishermen with help from the oil and gas industry. The FishSAFE Companion App will give information about oil and gas equipment on sea bed and surface – ranging from platforms to subsea pipelines - so fishermen can better understand what the [...]
The coming year presents a wide range of challenges for Scottish fishing and it is vital that the industry does not become strangled by increasing regulation and dysfunctional legislation, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF). Key issues ahead include appraisal of how the landing obligation is working for the pelagic sector and setting the ground [...]