/Marine Protected Areas

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation throws its support behind Fair Isle Marine Protected Area proposal

A proposal for a ‘Demonstration and Research’ Marine Protected Area around Fair Isle has won the support of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF). The proposal, which has been put forward by the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI), aims to demonstrate, through research and dissemination, the effectiveness of a community-led partnership approach in [...]

2019-02-05T17:02:06+00:00May 19th, 2016|Marine Protected Areas|

SFF calls on MSPs to support local communities over Marine Protected Area proposals

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is urging Scottish parliamentarians to support local communities on the West coast by rejecting Scottish Government proposals for an overly restrictive Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Firth of Clyde. Following widespread dismay among West coast fishing communities over initial Scottish Government measures on some West coast MPAs in June [...]

Clyde Fishermen’s Association hosts open meetings to highlight threats facing communities

The Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) is hosting a series of public meetings in fishing communities around the Firth of Clyde to highlight concerns over the potential community-wide impact of proposed fisheries management measures. The management arrangements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Clyde combined with a proposed ‘Regulating Order’ from the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries [...]

SFF calls for study into impact of MPA measures on fishing communities

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is urging the Scottish Government to delay any final decision on the new management arrangements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) until a proper analysis is made on the socio-economic impact on fishing communities on the West coast of Scotland. In a letter to Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, [...]

2016-09-30T14:59:33+00:00August 7th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|


The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) have demanded a response from Richard Lochhead on questions about his decision-making on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  In a letter, the SFF has accused the Scottish Fisheries Minister of placing management measures which are irrational and deeply damaging to fragile communities, disregarding his own mechanism to develop properly evidenced protection [...]

2019-02-05T17:02:09+00:00July 24th, 2015|General News, Marine Protected Areas|

Mallaig facing an uncertain future – fishermen and their families devastated by MPA proposals

The following article by David Linkie appeared in Fishing News for week ending 24 July Mallaig is one of the busiest harbours on the west coast of Scotland, where local and seasonal visiting boats, mainly traditional inshore vessels, land catches with an annual value of nearly £10m, more than 50% of which comes from prawns. [...]

2019-02-05T17:02:09+00:00July 23rd, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

Emotions running high over MPA management proposals

Few should question the strength of feeling and resentment that has arisen in traditional small fishing communities along the west coast of Scotland in the month that has elapsed since the Scottish Government announced highly contentious management proposals for MPAs, which, if implemented later this year, will prevent inshore mobile gear boats from continuing to [...]

2016-07-05T10:48:33+00:00July 23rd, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

SFF comment on meeting with Minister on Marine Protected Areas

Commenting on this afternoon’s meeting between the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and its constituent associations with Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, in Glasgow (6 July) on the recently announced management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which threatens the viability of inshore fisheries on the West coast, Bertie [...]

2016-07-05T10:41:59+00:00July 7th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas, Press Release|

Scottish west coast inshore fishermen call for urgent meeting with Cabinet Secretary over impact of Marine Protected Area management measures

Scotland’s west coast inshore fishermen have requested an urgent meeting with Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Richard Lochhead, so that he can hear at first-hand their mounting concerns over the serious impact that the Scottish Government’s recently announced Marine Protected Area (MPA) management measures will have on fragile fishing communities. The [...]

2019-02-05T17:02:10+00:00June 16th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|

SFF slams Scottish Government over new management measures for Marine Protected Areas

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has  expressed disbelief and anger at the new management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters announced by the Scottish Government today (11 June). The SFF maintains that the measures announced go far beyond the proportionate and evidential approach that was promised for the management arrangements of the [...]

2016-07-05T10:34:49+00:00June 12th, 2015|Marine Protected Areas|