21June 2018

Farming and fishing leaders urge Ministers to focus on delivering best Brexit outcome

June 21st, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Farming and fisheries leaders today join forces to urge the Scottish Government to ensure sufficient resources are available to deliver the capacity that will be needed to implement trade and export policy after the country leaves the EU.

While recognising that the UK’s exit from the European Union will present challenges, NFU Scotland and the Scottish Fishermen’s […]

5June 2018

Brexit bonanza for fisheries – if we seize the Sea of Opportunity

June 5th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Referring to a Scottish Government report published today, the UK Seafood Industries post-Brexit, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said:

“This report simply underlines the importance of the UK regaining sovereignty over its own waters and becoming an independent Coastal State with the powers to control access and fishing opportunity. For Scotland that could be worth an additional […]

31May 2018

Fishermen’s leaders push hard for positive Brexit outcome

May 31st, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen’s leaders held positive talks this week with senior politicians and civil servants as they pressed the case for restoration of sovereignty over UK waters post-Brexit.

One of their meetings was with Olly Robbins, head of the Prime Minister’s Brexit unit, as they seek to persuade key decision makers in Number 10, DexEU, DEFRA and […]

30April 2018

SFF and NFFO join forces to push for best Brexit deal

April 30th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The two main UK fishing federations are working together to secure the best possible deal from the EU withdrawal negotiations.

In a joint statement, Bertie Armstrong of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and Barrie Deas of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) said:

“As the Prime Minister has made crystal clear, at the conclusion of the […]

28March 2018

Industry leaders urge Prime Minister to secure positive Brexit deal

March 28th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen’s leaders today pressed the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes back complete control of its waters after Brexit.

In a timely and important meeting at Number 10 Downing Street, Theresa May indicated that she understood the widespread dismay within the industry at the transitional deal which means skippers and crews will continue […]

19March 2018

‘Far short of an acceptable deal’ – SFF on interim Brexit agreement

March 19th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Reacting to the agreement for fishing during the implementation period, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said:

“This falls far short of an acceptable deal. We will leave the EU and leave the CFP, but hand back sovereignty over our seas a few seconds later. Our fishing communities’ fortunes will still be subject […]

11March 2018

SFF welcomes commitment from across UK government to leaving CFP

March 11th, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen’s leaders today welcomed the commitment from two senior cabinet ministers and the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019.

In a joint statement Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson, who were on opposite sides in the referendum campaign, backed the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation position.

Chancellor Philip Hammond also voiced […]

7March 2018

Statement on EU draft trade talks guidelines

March 7th, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Reacting to the EU’s draft guidelines for trade talks published today, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “There cannot be ‘fairer shares’ for our fishing communities if we maintain existing reciprocal access.

“This latest gambit must be rejected. When we leave the EU we leave the Common Fisheries Policy and assume our rightful place […]

21February 2018

Backbone needed as negotiations with EU on fisheries begin

February 21st, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release|

Responding to a government document setting out the UK’s legal position on the transition or implementation period today Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “It is very encouraging that the UK government has rejected the EU’s proposals and intends that we become a fully functioning Coastal State from 29th March 2019.

“With […]

12February 2018

Animations show dangers of subsea hazards to fishing

February 12th, 2018|Marine Safety & Training, Press Release|

Fishing remains the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK. This already hazardous job is made even more difficult by the 100,000 kilometres of cables and pipelines and 4,000 surface and subsea structures that lie off the coast of the UK and northern Europe. These obstacles frequently become hazards for fishing vessels; snagging fishing gear […]