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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|

Letter to Lord Frost from SFF chief executive

Text of letter sent today to UK's lead Brexit negotiator Dear Lord Frost UK/EU Future Relationship – Fisheries Negotiations As you know, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has welcomed greatly the repeated assurances you and the UK government has given on securing the right outcomes for fishing through the Future Relationship negotiations. We have also greatly [...]

2020-09-30T10:49:45+00:00September 30th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Joint statement from SFF and NFFO on Brexit negotiations

Elspeth Macdonald and Barrie Deas, chief executives of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) respectively, said: “For the fishing industry in the UK, leaving the Common Fisheries Policy has always been about redressing a fundamental issue: the woefully unfair allocation of quota shares in our waters, where the EU fleet has an unfettered right of [...]

2020-09-04T10:14:54+00:00September 4th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement from SFF, NFFO and Fishermen’s Mission

Government, the national fishing federations and the Fishermen’s Mission share a commitment to the whole fishing industry. This means not only the fishing businesses that make up the sector, but the crews who work on the vessels as owner/operators, self-employed share-fishermen, or fishermen under employment contracts. Financial support measures from governments across the UK have been significant in scale and delivered with a rapidity and efficiency that has matched the urgency [...]

2020-07-21T09:44:21+00:00July 21st, 2020|General News, SFF|

Mk3 FishSAFE unit now available

The latest version of the FishSAFE unit, the essential safety information tool for fishermen working near offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the UK Continental Shelf, is now available. FishSAFE Mk3 includes major improvements such as a high-resolution touch screen and trackball option. FishSAFE updates its internal hazards database automatically from the internet and there [...]

2020-06-15T10:28:04+00:00June 15th, 2020|Press Release, SFF|

Brexit demands re-stated as talks resume

Scottish fisheries leaders today re-iterated the industry’s demands as talks resumed over a Brexit deal. SFF chief executive Elspeth MacDonald said the UK’s departure from the EU and its Common Fisheries Policy would allow the UK to become an independent coastal state and to control access to its fishing waters. This is already what the [...]

2020-06-02T11:13:35+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|