/Press Release

Statement on Scottish Government’s stance on Rockall

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: "We fully support the Scottish Government's stance on Rockall - Irish vessels have no legal right to fish within 12 nautical miles. "The area is recognised in UK law as part of Scottish territorial waters and hosts multi-million pound haddock, monkfish and squid fisheries that are hugely important [...]

2019-06-08T12:48:43+00:00June 8th, 2019|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Chief executive to stand down in the autumn

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong will be standing down from the post later this year, it was announced today. Elspeth Macdonald, who is currently the deputy chief executive of Food Standards Scotland, will be his replacement. She will start at the SFF’s headquarters in Aberdeen in August, after handing over her current responsibilities. Mr [...]

2019-05-15T15:41:21+00:00May 15th, 2019|General News, Press Release, SFF|

‘We must leave the CFP by December 2020 at the latest’

New fisheries minister Robert Goodwill was left in no doubt about the feelings of those working in the industry today when he was told that whatever else happens, the UK must be out of the unfair Common Fisheries Policy by December 2020 at the latest. At a meeting held in the Churchill Room in Parliament, [...]

2019-04-02T18:15:35+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Heartfelt appeal to MPs to recognise Brexit benefits

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have made a “heartfelt” appeal to MPs of all parties to recognise the huge benefits to the industry from exiting the Common Fisheries Policy as they decide how to move Brexit forward. In a letter to all 650 MPs, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong highlighted that opinion polling carried out for the [...]

2019-03-20T07:37:51+00:00March 20th, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release|

Statement on December Fisheries Council

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today described the outcome of the annual December Fisheries Council, which concluded in the early hours of the morning, as challenging but acceptable for the fishing fleet. Chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: "The talks have been difficult, as they always are, with the additional element this year of politics related to [...]

Statement on strengthening of Fisheries Bill

During the visit today to Peterhead Fish Market of Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, Scottish Fishermen's Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: "The SFF welcomes the strengthening of the Fisheries Bill and the commitment of extra resources for the sector to aid the UK's transition to an independent coastal state and beyond. "Particularly pleasing is the [...]

Industry seeks cross-party support for taking back control of waters

Politicians from all parties at Holyrood and Westminster are being urged to sign a pledge supporting the Scottish fishing industry's demand that full control of UK waters be taken back from the EU. Along with the UK Fisheries Bill, the Brexit deal and political declaration provide the scope for the UK to become a fully independent Coastal [...]

Statement on political declaration

Responding to the Brexit political declaration today, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, said: "The declaration gives the UK the power to assert its position as an independent Coastal State with full, unfettered sovereignty over our waters and natural resources. "However we know that several EU nations will not give up their [...]

2018-11-22T12:17:01+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Brexit deal

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: "We welcome the intervention of the Secretary of State for Scotland and his fellow MPs stating that they could not support anything less than full and effective sovereignty over UK fishing waters. "We have been saying for two years that the only plausible way forward for the industry is for [...]

Governments urged to work together to support industry as it leaves CFP

Scottish fishermen’s leaders last night called for a practical, joined-up approach from both Westminster and Holyrood governments as the industry prepares to exit the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). In his speech to the annual Scottish Fishermen’s Federation dinner, chief executive Bertie Armstrong said the prize on offer – potentially becoming a larger fishing nation than [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00November 1st, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|