/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|

New drive to improve Scottish seafood trade opportunities in US

The first steps on a new crusade to improve trade opportunities for Scottish seafood in the United States will be made today.   Representatives of the fish catching and processing sectors will join their counterparts from the salmon industry at a special roundtable meeting convened by US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson in London. [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00October 29th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on publication of Fisheries Bill

Commenting on publication of the Fisheries Bill today Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, said: "This is a necessary piece of legislation that sets a completely new framework for fisheries management outside the universally detested Common Fisheries Policy. "Control of UK waters will no longer be exercised by the dead hand of [...]

2018-10-25T08:03:11+00:00October 25th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen’s leaders welcome personal commitment from PM

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have welcomed direct assurances from the Prime Minister that the Government is committed to securing “the best deal possible” for the industry in the Brexit negotiations. In a letter to Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong, Theresa May said she was happy to confirm that the Government would abide by the [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00October 14th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Public strongly supports increase in quotas for UK vessels in own waters

A clear majority of the public believe that the amount of fish caught by UK boats in their own waters should be increased when the country leaves the EU. Under the Common Fisheries Policy, vessels are currently restricted to 40% of the annual catch and the remaining 60% is taken by other countries. In a [...]