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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|

Fishermen seek clear seabed as oil and gas infrastructure is decommissioned

The Scottish fishing industry is urging oil and gas companies to ensure that offshore infrastructure is completely removed from the seabed when it is decommissioned.

In a new policy paper, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation highlights the safety of fishermen as its number one priority while recognising that the removal of platforms and subsea installations will herald […]

August 29th, 2018|Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

Wearing a lifejacket could save your life, Casualty Review Panel says

Thirteen people who drowned in 2017 might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

These are the findings of this year’s Casualty Review Panel. The panel, including Derek Cardno of the SFF, meets annually to discuss the previous year’s appropriate maritime fatalities and whether those who died might have survived had […]

August 3rd, 2018|Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

SFF welcomes UK Government White Paper on fisheries

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today welcomed the White Paper on Sustainable Fisheries as a signal of intent from the UK Government to take back control of UK waters.

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The White Paper enshrines the important elements of a sustainable future for our industry: allowing the UK to become an independent Coastal […]

July 4th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishing industry stands to gain hugely from Brexit – report

The fishing industry is poised for substantial growth when the UK exits the European Union, according to a comprehensive new analysis.

It could even double in size if Britain follows the example of Iceland where 95% of the fish caught within the 200-mile limit recognised by international law is landed by local vessels.

The study by Dr […]

June 27th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

Fishermen’s leaders push hard for positive Brexit outcome

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 […]

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

SFF and NFFO join forces to push for best Brexit deal

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 […]

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

Industry leaders urge Prime Minister to secure positive Brexit deal

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 […]

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