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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 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00June 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 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00May 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 [...]

2018-04-30T11:02:26+00:00April 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 [...]

2018-03-28T16:54:59+00:00March 28th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

‘Far short of an acceptable deal’ – SFF on interim Brexit agreement

Reacting to the agreement for fishing during the implementation period, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “This falls far short of an acceptable deal. We will leave the EU and leave the CFP, but hand back sovereignty over our seas a few seconds later. Our fishing communities’ fortunes will still be [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00March 19th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

SFF welcomes commitment from across UK government to leaving CFP

Fishermen's leaders today welcomed the commitment from two senior cabinet ministers and the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019. In a joint statement Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson, who were on opposite sides in the referendum campaign, backed the Scottish Fishermen's Federation position. Chancellor Philip Hammond [...]

Statement on EU draft trade talks guidelines

Reacting to the EU's draft guidelines for trade talks published today, Scottish Fishermen's Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: "There cannot be 'fairer shares' for our fishing communities if we maintain existing reciprocal access. "This latest gambit must be rejected. When we leave the EU we leave the Common Fisheries Policy and assume our rightful [...]

Backbone needed as negotiations with EU on fisheries begin

Responding to a government document setting out the UK's legal position on the transition or implementation period today Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, said: "It is very encouraging that the UK government has rejected the EU's proposals and intends that we become a fully functioning Coastal State from 29th March 2019. [...]

Animations show dangers of subsea hazards to fishing

Fishing remains the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK. This already hazardous job is made even more difficult by the 100,000 kilometres of cables and pipelines and 4,000 surface and subsea structures that lie off the coast of the UK and northern Europe. These obstacles frequently become hazards for fishing vessels; snagging fishing gear [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00February 12th, 2018|Marine Safety & Training, Press Release|

Industry welcomes positive stance from ministers on CFP exit

Scottish fishermen’s leaders today welcomed commitments by UK government ministers to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019.   In media comments, environment secretary Michael Gove and home secretary Amber Rudd explicitly raised the issue of Brexit providing a great opportunity for a better deal for fishing communities.   In an interview with The Sunday [...]

2018-02-04T12:50:18+00:00February 4th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|