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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 [...]

Fishermen’s leaders caution against vengeful action by EU

European Union countries will be guilty of vengeful behaviour if they pile pressure on UK fishermen as a result of Brexit at the annual December Council. Scottish fishermen’s leaders warn today that with a fisheries agreement to be negotiated as part of the final exit settlement, it is not in the interests of the EU-27 [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:55+00:00December 16th, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, SFF|

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|

Industry seeks Brexit clarity from Prime Minister

Industry leaders are seeking clarity from the Prime Minister on the proposed new fisheries agreement within the Brexit settlement amid concerns about a linkage between access for EU vessels to UK waters and tariff-free access for UK seafood suppliers to the EU market.   SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The industry’s priority has always [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:55+00:00November 14th, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, 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 [...]

SFF statement on government commitment to exiting CFP by 2020

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation today welcomed the decision by Scottish Secretary David Mundell, made with the Prime Minister's blessing, to rule out the UK remaining in the Common Fisheries Policy beyond December 2020. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: "A delay of even one day means a delay of one year until the next round of annual negotiations. So [...]

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

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 fishing vessel working conditions law to come into force

From this November, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) will require UK fishing vessels to comply with the International Organization’s Working In Fishing Convention. This follows the MCA's public and industry consultation on these measures, which addressed all aspects of living and working conditions on fishing vessels – including decent crew accommodation, work agreements and [...]

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00October 30th, 2018|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|