Brexit deal falls ‘far short of commitments and promises’

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “This deal falls very far short of the commitments and promises that were made to the fishing industry by those at the highest level of government. “It does not restore sovereign UK control over fisheries, and does not permit us to determine who can catch [...]

2020-12-29T16:03:25+00:00December 29th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Fisheries Agreement with EU

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that while the full details of the Fisheries Agreement reached between the UK and the EU had yet to emerge, on the surface it did not appear to deliver on the industry’s aspirations. “What has been outlined so far is that full access will be [...]

2020-12-24T18:36:47+00:00December 24th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Brexit negotiations

Amid all the rumours and speculation, we have been clear from the outset that the industry only seeks the same sorts of arrangements that the EU has with other coastal states – full control of access to our waters, fairer quota shares based on zonal attachment and annual negotiations on access and fishing opportunities. No [...]

2020-12-22T12:33:29+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Statement on EU contingency plans for fishing

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said: “If there is no Fisheries Agreement in place by the end of this year, the EU fleet will have no right of access to UK waters and vice versa. “Remember, however, that EU vessels land 10 times more fish from UK waters than UK vessels do [...]

2020-12-10T12:59:09+00:00December 10th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Message to PM on Brexit

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation today urged the Prime Minister to refuse to accept a bad deal for the UK fishing industry. Amid media reports that the EU will not accept any material change to access rights or quotas for fishing in UK coastal waters that recognise the truth about sovereignty – in line with international [...]

2020-12-05T10:01:50+00:00December 5th, 2020|Brexit, SFF|

Joint letter to PM from SFF and NFFO

In a joint letter to the Prime Minister, the representatives of the UK fishing industry - SFF and NFFO - have today urged the Government to stand firm in the Brexit negotiations to ensure that sovereignty is regained over our waters and fishing opportunities agreed in international discussions. The full text of the letter is [...]

2020-11-17T09:24:23+00:00November 17th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

SFF priorities for Fisheries Agreement between UK and EU

The UK’s departure from the EU and its Common Fisheries Policy allows the UK to become an independent coastal state, and to control access to our fishing waters – just like our neighbours do, in Norway, in Faroe and indeed as the EU itself does. This is the accepted norm under international law. The SFF’s [...]

2020-10-30T16:58:47+00:00October 30th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

No evidence for alleged ‘benefits’ of three-mile limit

There is no evidence that a three-mile limit around Scotland’s coastline banning fishing vessels with mobile gear would improve sustainability or raise earnings in the creel fleet. That is the conclusion of a new Scottish Fishermen’s Federation paper, SFF The 3 Mile Limit History Facts, on the issue which follows a sustained campaign by environmental [...]

2020-10-19T11:01:36+00:00October 19th, 2020|General News, Press Release, SFF|

SFF sets out Sustainability Pledge for future activity

The Scottish fishing fleet will continue to build on its proud record of environmental responsibility as the need for more action to tackle climate change grows, according to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation. In a new 32-page Environmental Policy Statement, which can be viewed here, the organisation highlights a wide range of achievements and sets out [...]

2020-10-09T09:05:03+00:00October 9th, 2020|Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

Fishing industry urges government to hold firm and stick to promises

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, which together represent the UK fishing industry, held talks with senior UK politicians today calling on them to hold firm on the commitments made to fishermen and coastal communities ahead of the 15th October Brexit negotiations deadline. Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive of the Scottish [...]

2020-10-07T15:13:10+00:00October 7th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|