Restored control of fishing absolute industry priority for Brexit negotiations

Complete control of fisheries in UK waters must be restored to this country during the Brexit negotiations, industry leaders insisted today as the government prepared to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said the case for repatriating powers entirely to the UK government and the [...]

2017-03-28T14:57:38+00:00March 28th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Successful PFD scheme comes to an end

Some 3,500 personal flotation devices (PFDs) have been supplied to fishermen working on Scottish-registered boats, with the intention of increasing the usage of a flotation garment while working on the open deck. The successful four-year scheme, run by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), has now come to an end. Derek Cardno, SFF marine safety and [...]

2019-02-05T17:02:00+00:00March 23rd, 2017|General News, Marine Safety & Training, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen demand retraction of Marine Conservation Society’s false claims about haddock stocks

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has demanded that the Marine Conservation Society retract its misleading comments about North Sea and West of Scotland haddock stocks. The organisation reacted angrily to the MCS’s “downgrade” of haddock in its latest consumer guide, insisting that the fishery is well-managed at sustainable levels. SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The [...]

UK fish quotas grossly lower than stocks, say university scientists

Most UK fish quotas are tiny relative to the size of stocks in our waters, according to a major new report by university scientists. The gap between the total allowable catch (TAC) and the volume of fish is up to sixfold. A team from Aberdeen University’s School of Biological Sciences analysed the spatial distribution of [...]

Statement on proposed independence referendum

Chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation Bertie Armstrong said: "The focus of the fishing industry is entirely on ensuring we free ourselves from the straitjacket of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which forces us to give away to other EU countries almost 60 per cent of the fish in our waters. “Any constitutional arrangement [...]

SFF rejects MEPs’ Brexit demands

Responding to the demand by the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament for continued full access to UK waters for EU boats after Brexit, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “The fish in our waters are our natural resource, and the industry, Scottish Government and UK Government will not allow them [...]

2019-02-05T17:02:03+00:00March 1st, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|