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EU Fisheries Council sets 2017 fish catching opportunities

The EU Fisheries Council to finalise catching opportunities for 2017 has concluded early this morning (14 December) in Brussels with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome [...]

Crucial talks on fish catching opportunity for 2017 set to get underway

Negotiations to finalise fish catching opportunities for 2017 will begin at the annual EU Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (12 December). The negotiations are especially significant for the UK as this will be the first end-of-the-year  EU Council meeting to decide upon annual quotas since the Brexit vote. Many quota shares have already [...]

2016-12-09T13:18:22+00:00December 9th, 2016|Brexit, Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

European and External Relations Committee

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) gave evidence earlier this week to the European and External Relations Committee. The Official Report of the meeting is now available on the Parliament’s website and can be accessed by following this link: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10496&mode=pdf Below is a clip of the meeting featuring Bertie Armstrong delivering the submission from the SFF [...]

SFF outlines to Rural Economy Secretary the opportunities leaving the EU brings to our fisheries

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) met with Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing today (4 July) in Glasgow where it underlined the positive impact leaving the EU would have on the way our fisheries are managed. Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We outlined to the Minister the unanimous view of our membership of the real [...]

Following EU referendum leave vote, the work now begins to get best deal for fishing

Commenting on the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “The result of the referendum brings both opportunities and challenges for the fishing industry and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the best possible [...]

Europe and Scottish fishing

Europe – and our place in it – is never far away from the forefront of politics and passionate debate. Being part of the EU affects all walks of life, but most especially fishing. Indeed, the very term Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stokes the strongest emotions within the industry: of all the people in the [...]

EU fish quota talks conclude

EU talks to finalise fish catching opportunity for 2016 concluded in Brussels early this morning (16 December) with quota increases for several key Scottish stocks. Quota rises were agreed for haddock (+30%), North Sea cod (+15%), North Sea herring (+16%), megrim (+26%), monkfish (+20%) and West coast prawns (+16%). North Sea whiting and lemon sole [...]

EU Fish Council to decide on catching opportunities for 2016 starts next week

Negotiations to finalise catching opportunities for 2016 get underway at the European Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (14 December). These talks have special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a major sea-change [...]

Scottish mackerel fishermen bitterly disappointed at outcome of Faroese talks

The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has expressed bitter disappointed at the failure of EU-Faroe talks in Copenhagen to reduce access arrangements for Faroese vessels to catch mackerel in EU waters. The Scottish pelagic sector had been pressing hard for a rebalancing of the access arrangements because they are skewed heavily in favour of the Faroese, [...]