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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 [...]

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 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00November 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 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00November 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 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00October 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. [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00October 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 [...]

2018-10-25T08:03:11+00:00October 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 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00October 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 [...]

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, [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00September 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 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00August 29th, 2018|Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|