/Press Release

No evidence for alleged ‘benefits’ of three-mile limit

There is no evidence that a three-mile limit around Scotland’s coastline banning fishing vessels with mobile gear would improve sustainability or raise earnings in the creel fleet. That is the conclusion of a new Scottish Fishermen’s Federation paper, SFF The 3 Mile Limit History Facts, on the issue which follows a sustained campaign by environmental [...]

2020-10-19T11:01:36+00:00October 19th, 2020|General News, Press Release, SFF|

SFF sets out Sustainability Pledge for future activity

The Scottish fishing fleet will continue to build on its proud record of environmental responsibility as the need for more action to tackle climate change grows, according to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation. In a new 32-page Environmental Policy Statement, which can be viewed here, the organisation highlights a wide range of achievements and sets out [...]

2020-10-09T09:05:03+00:00October 9th, 2020|Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

Joint statement from SFF and NFFO on Brexit negotiations

Elspeth Macdonald and Barrie Deas, chief executives of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) respectively, said: “For the fishing industry in the UK, leaving the Common Fisheries Policy has always been about redressing a fundamental issue: the woefully unfair allocation of quota shares in our waters, where the EU fleet has an unfettered right of [...]

2020-09-04T10:14:54+00:00September 4th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Mk3 FishSAFE unit now available

The latest version of the FishSAFE unit, the essential safety information tool for fishermen working near offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the UK Continental Shelf, is now available. FishSAFE Mk3 includes major improvements such as a high-resolution touch screen and trackball option. FishSAFE updates its internal hazards database automatically from the internet and there [...]

2020-06-15T10:28:04+00:00June 15th, 2020|Press Release, SFF|

Statement on French boycott of imported fish

Reacting to what is understood to be a boycott of imported fish, including from Scotland, among some large French retailers at the behest of a small section of the country's fleet, Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “This is deeply regrettable at a time when markets have been devastated due to [...]

2020-04-30T20:04:30+00:00April 30th, 2020|Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Scottish Government Covid-19 funding

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation welcomed the funding package for smaller vessels as a good first step to support the industry. SFF chief executive Elspeth Macdonald said: “The markets that these boats sold into have largely disappeared due to the Covid-19 pandemic, depriving many fishermen of their livelihoods almost overnight. “The Scottish Government’s announcement of this initial financial [...]

2020-03-25T12:12:42+00:00March 25th, 2020|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Industry will keep up pressure over key Brexit goals

Scottish fishermen’s leaders will maintain pressure on ministers to secure the industry’s top priority of control over access to UK waters as the Brexit trade talks proceed. They will continue to urge the government to stick to its plan to make decisions on who gets to catch what, where and when around our shores from 2021 and [...]

2020-03-02T10:17:43+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

No Brexit betrayal, warns SFF

Failure by the government to gain full control of access to UK waters in the next phase of Brexit negotiations would be a “colossal betrayal” of the fishing industry. That was the uncompromising message delivered today by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation prior to the UK’s formal exit from the EU on Friday. SFF chief executive [...]

Statement on December Fisheries Council

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the SFF, said the main damage for the Scottish industry – a 50% cut in the total allowable catch (TAC) for North Sea cod – was done at the bilateral negotiations between the EU and Norway prior to the December Fisheries Council. “Since the UK did not have its own seat in those negotiations, [...]

2019-12-18T10:20:49+00:00December 18th, 2019|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishing industry seeks support for December 2020 CFP exit

The fishing industry is urging politicians to support its goal of exiting the Common Fisheries Policy within one year of the general election. Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Elspeth Macdonald said it was now clear to representatives of all political parties that the fleet would prosper when control over who gets to catch what, where [...]

2019-11-28T12:56:01+00:00November 18th, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|