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Industry seeks Brexit clarity from Prime Minister

Industry leaders are seeking clarity from the Prime Minister on the proposed new fisheries agreement within the Brexit settlement amid concerns about a linkage between access for EU vessels to UK waters and tariff-free access for UK seafood suppliers to the EU market.
 
SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The industry’s priority has always been taking […]

November 14th, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, SFF|

Statement on Brexit deal

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: “We welcome the intervention of the Secretary of State for Scotland and his fellow MPs stating that they could not support anything less than full and effective sovereignty over UK fishing waters.

“We have been saying for two years that the only plausible way forward for the industry is for the […]

SFF statement on government commitment to exiting CFP by 2020

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today welcomed the decision by Scottish Secretary David Mundell, made with the Prime Minister’s blessing, to rule out the UK remaining in the Common Fisheries Policy beyond December 2020.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: “A delay of even one day means a delay of one year until the next round of annual negotiations. So the […]

November 1st, 2018|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Governments urged to work together to support industry as it leaves CFP

Scottish fishermen’s leaders last night called for a practical, joined-up approach from both Westminster and Holyrood governments as the industry prepares to exit the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

In his speech to the annual Scottish Fishermen’s Federation dinner, chief executive Bertie Armstrong said the prize on offer – potentially becoming a larger fishing nation than Iceland […]

November 1st, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

New fishing vessel working conditions law to come into force

From this November, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) will require UK fishing vessels to comply with the International Organization’s Working In Fishing Convention.

This follows the MCA’s public and industry consultation on these measures, which addressed all aspects of living and working conditions on fishing vessels – including decent crew accommodation, work agreements and regular […]

October 30th, 2018|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

New drive to improve Scottish seafood trade opportunities in US

The first steps on a new crusade to improve trade opportunities for Scottish seafood in the United States will be made today.
 
Representatives of the fish catching and processing sectors will join their counterparts from the salmon industry at a special roundtable meeting convened by US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson in London.
 
Mr Johnson met […]

October 29th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on publication of Fisheries Bill

Commenting on publication of the Fisheries Bill today Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “This is a necessary piece of legislation that sets a completely new framework for fisheries management outside the universally detested Common Fisheries Policy.

“Control of UK waters will no longer be exercised by the dead hand of EU […]

October 25th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen’s leaders welcome personal commitment from PM

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have welcomed direct assurances from the Prime Minister that the Government is committed to securing “the best deal possible” for the industry in the Brexit negotiations.

In a letter to Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong, Theresa May said she was happy to confirm that the Government would abide by the Fisheries […]

October 14th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Public strongly supports increase in quotas for UK vessels in own waters

A clear majority of the public believe that the amount of fish caught by UK boats in their own waters should be increased when the country leaves the EU.

Under the Common Fisheries Policy, vessels are currently restricted to 40% of the annual catch and the remaining 60% is taken by other countries.

In a YouGov poll […]

Merchant Navy Medal for SFF Safety Officer

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Safety Officer Derek Cardno is to be honoured with the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.

It is in recognition of his commitment to promoting safety within the industry, particularly leading a campaign to ensure fishermen across Scotland wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) while at sea.

Mr Cardno, a working fisherman himself, said: “These […]

September 5th, 2018|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|