Letter to Prime Minister from SFF Chief Executive

Dear Prime Minister I am writing to you as the second week of 2021 draws to a close, and our industry is facing mounting financial losses. Many fishing vessels are tied to the quay wall. Of the others that can go to sea, some are now making a 72-hour round trip to land fish in [...]

2021-03-09T16:09:08+00:00January 15th, 2021|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Brexit deal falls ‘far short of commitments and promises’

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “This deal falls very far short of the commitments and promises that were made to the fishing industry by those at the highest level of government. “It does not restore sovereign UK control over fisheries, and does not permit us to determine who can catch [...]

2021-03-09T16:42:44+00:00December 29th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Fisheries Agreement with EU

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that while the full details of the Fisheries Agreement reached between the UK and the EU had yet to emerge, on the surface it did not appear to deliver on the industry’s aspirations. “What has been outlined so far is that full access will be [...]

2021-03-09T16:40:23+00:00December 24th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Brexit negotiations

Amid all the rumours and speculation, we have been clear from the outset that the industry only seeks the same sorts of arrangements that the EU has with other coastal states – full control of access to our waters, fairer quota shares based on zonal attachment and annual negotiations on access and fishing opportunities. No [...]

2021-03-09T16:48:29+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Statement on EU contingency plans for fishing

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said: “If there is no Fisheries Agreement in place by the end of this year, the EU fleet will have no right of access to UK waters and vice versa. “Remember, however, that EU vessels land 10 times more fish from UK waters than UK vessels do [...]

2021-03-09T16:04:11+00:00December 10th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|