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Statement on French boycott of imported fish

Reacting to what is understood to be a boycott of imported fish, including from Scotland, among some large French retailers at the behest of a small section of the country's fleet, Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “This is deeply regrettable at a time when markets have been devastated due to [...]

2020-04-30T20:04:30+00:00April 30th, 2020|Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Scottish Government Covid-19 funding

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation welcomed the funding package for smaller vessels as a good first step to support the industry. SFF chief executive Elspeth Macdonald said: “The markets that these boats sold into have largely disappeared due to the Covid-19 pandemic, depriving many fishermen of their livelihoods almost overnight. “The Scottish Government’s announcement of this initial financial [...]

2020-03-25T12:12:42+00:00March 25th, 2020|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Industry will keep up pressure over key Brexit goals

Scottish fishermen’s leaders will maintain pressure on ministers to secure the industry’s top priority of control over access to UK waters as the Brexit trade talks proceed. They will continue to urge the government to stick to its plan to make decisions on who gets to catch what, where and when around our shores from 2021 and [...]

2020-03-02T10:17:43+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

No Brexit betrayal, warns SFF

Failure by the government to gain full control of access to UK waters in the next phase of Brexit negotiations would be a “colossal betrayal” of the fishing industry. That was the uncompromising message delivered today by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation prior to the UK’s formal exit from the EU on Friday. SFF chief executive [...]

Statement on December Fisheries Council

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the SFF, said the main damage for the Scottish industry – a 50% cut in the total allowable catch (TAC) for North Sea cod – was done at the bilateral negotiations between the EU and Norway prior to the December Fisheries Council. “Since the UK did not have its own seat in those negotiations, [...]

2019-12-18T10:20:49+00:00December 18th, 2019|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishing industry seeks support for December 2020 CFP exit

The fishing industry is urging politicians to support its goal of exiting the Common Fisheries Policy within one year of the general election. Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Elspeth Macdonald said it was now clear to representatives of all political parties that the fleet would prosper when control over who gets to catch what, where [...]

2019-11-28T12:56:01+00:00November 18th, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Brexit agreement is gateway to UK’s exit from CFP

The SFF today welcomed the agreement reached between the UK and European Union to secure the UK’s exit from the EU. Three years since the referendum, this agreement provides the gateway to the UK’s exit from the Common Fisheries Policy, and the UK becoming an independent coastal state. Elspeth Macdonald, CEO of the SFF, said: [...]

SFF and SSA push ministers to maximise Brexit benefits and solve trade issues

The Scottish fishing industry united today to press ministers to maximise the opportunities for the UK outside the Common Fisheries Policy, including the rapid adoption of solutions to major practical problems that would arise for processors if no deal is reached. Leaders of the catching and processing sectors used a meeting with Secretary of State [...]

Ambition to make fishing fastest growing sector of economy

The fishing industry should be the fastest growing sector of the Scottish economy in the next decade. That is the ambition of new Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Elspeth Macdonald as she takes over from her predecessor Bertie Armstrong. Ms Macdonald is leading a team from across the industry at Westminster this week, lobbying ministers [...]

2019-09-11T12:35:45+00:00September 11th, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen’s leaders welcome commitment to new strategy for industry

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today welcomed the Prime Minister’s backing for a national fishing strategy. The SFF has long called for a new blueprint for the industry as the UK leaves the Common Fisheries Policy. Boris Johnson acceded to the suggestion of a coherent industry-wide approach to making the best of the opportunity that Brexit will present to grow [...]