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Federation calls for governments to appointed dedicated fisheries ministers

Scottish fishermen’s leaders today called for both the UK and Scottish governments to appoint dedicated fisheries ministers to their cabinets. As Prime Minister Theresa May visited Scotland and the two candidates for Conservative Party leader prepared for their hustings here tomorrow, SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “In these uncertain times, it is vitally important [...]

2019-07-04T12:06:10+00:00July 4th, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Scottish Government’s stance on Rockall

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: "We fully support the Scottish Government's stance on Rockall - Irish vessels have no legal right to fish within 12 nautical miles. "The area is recognised in UK law as part of Scottish territorial waters and hosts multi-million pound haddock, monkfish and squid fisheries that are hugely important [...]

2019-06-08T12:48:43+00:00June 8th, 2019|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Chief executive to stand down in the autumn

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong will be standing down from the post later this year, it was announced today. Elspeth Macdonald, who is currently the deputy chief executive of Food Standards Scotland, will be his replacement. She will start at the SFF’s headquarters in Aberdeen in August, after handing over her current responsibilities. Mr [...]

2019-05-15T15:41:21+00:00May 15th, 2019|General News, Press Release, SFF|

‘We must leave the CFP by December 2020 at the latest’

New fisheries minister Robert Goodwill was left in no doubt about the feelings of those working in the industry today when he was told that whatever else happens, the UK must be out of the unfair Common Fisheries Policy by December 2020 at the latest. At a meeting held in the Churchill Room in Parliament, [...]

2019-04-02T18:15:35+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Heartfelt appeal to MPs to recognise Brexit benefits

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have made a “heartfelt” appeal to MPs of all parties to recognise the huge benefits to the industry from exiting the Common Fisheries Policy as they decide how to move Brexit forward. In a letter to all 650 MPs, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong highlighted that opinion polling carried out for the [...]

2019-03-20T07:37:51+00:00March 20th, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release|

Statement on December Fisheries Council

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today described the outcome of the annual December Fisheries Council, which concluded in the early hours of the morning, as challenging but acceptable for the fishing fleet. Chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: "The talks have been difficult, as they always are, with the additional element this year of politics related to [...]

Fishermen’s leaders caution against vengeful action by EU

European Union countries will be guilty of vengeful behaviour if they pile pressure on UK fishermen as a result of Brexit at the annual December Council. Scottish fishermen’s leaders warn today that with a fisheries agreement to be negotiated as part of the final exit settlement, it is not in the interests of the EU-27 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:55+00:00December 16th, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, SFF|

Statement on strengthening of Fisheries Bill

During the visit today to Peterhead Fish Market of Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, Scottish Fishermen's Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: "The SFF welcomes the strengthening of the Fisheries Bill and the commitment of extra resources for the sector to aid the UK's transition to an independent coastal state and beyond. "Particularly pleasing is the [...]

Industry seeks cross-party support for taking back control of waters

Politicians from all parties at Holyrood and Westminster are being urged to sign a pledge supporting the Scottish fishing industry's demand that full control of UK waters be taken back from the EU. Along with the UK Fisheries Bill, the Brexit deal and political declaration provide the scope for the UK to become a fully independent Coastal [...]

Statement on political declaration

Responding to the Brexit political declaration today, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, said: "The declaration gives the UK the power to assert its position as an independent Coastal State with full, unfettered sovereignty over our waters and natural resources. "However we know that several EU nations will not give up their [...]

2018-11-22T12:17:01+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|