/Press Release

Letter to Prime Minister from SFF Chief Executive

Dear Prime Minister I am writing to you as the second week of 2021 draws to a close, and our industry is facing mounting financial losses. Many fishing vessels are tied to the quay wall. Of the others that can go to sea, some are now making a 72-hour round trip to land fish in [...]

2021-01-15T11:19:53+00:00January 15th, 2021|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Brexit deal falls ‘far short of commitments and promises’

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “This deal falls very far short of the commitments and promises that were made to the fishing industry by those at the highest level of government. “It does not restore sovereign UK control over fisheries, and does not permit us to determine who can catch [...]

2020-12-29T16:03:25+00:00December 29th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Statement on Fisheries Agreement with EU

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that while the full details of the Fisheries Agreement reached between the UK and the EU had yet to emerge, on the surface it did not appear to deliver on the industry’s aspirations. “What has been outlined so far is that full access will be [...]

2020-12-24T18:36:47+00:00December 24th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

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|