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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 Fisheries […]

October 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 YouGov poll […]

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|

‘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 subject […]

March 19th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|