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Fishermen seek clear seabed as oil and gas infrastructure is decommissioned

The Scottish fishing industry is urging oil and gas companies to ensure that offshore infrastructure is completely removed from the seabed when it is decommissioned.

In a new policy paper, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation highlights the safety of fishermen as its number one priority while recognising that the removal of platforms and subsea installations will herald […]

August 29th, 2018|Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

SFF gives continued backing to mixed sustainable Scottish inshore industry

Responding to a newly released report from the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation, Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “The report seems to demand a return of a three-mile fishing limit, which for good reason was abandoned 33 years ago.

“Careful reading of the report reveals that what is actually being demanded is the […]

Scottish fishermen demand retraction of Marine Conservation Society’s false claims about haddock stocks

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has demanded that the Marine Conservation Society retract its misleading comments about North Sea and West of Scotland haddock stocks.

The organisation reacted angrily to the MCS’s “downgrade” of haddock in its latest consumer guide, insisting that the fishery is well-managed at sustainable levels.

SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The MCS has […]

UK fish quotas grossly lower than stocks, say university scientists

Most UK fish quotas are tiny relative to the size of stocks in our waters, according to a major new report by university scientists.

The gap between the total allowable catch (TAC) and the volume of fish is up to sixfold.

A team from Aberdeen University’s School of Biological Sciences analysed the spatial distribution of 17 commercial […]

Scottish fishermen welcome new report on recovering fish stocks

Scottish fishermen have welcomed a new report which highlights that most major whitefish stocks have increased in Scottish waters since the mid-2000s while fishing pressure has reduced significantly.

The report – Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2016 – produced by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Shetland draws upon the most recently published data from the […]

January 30th, 2017|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

SFF welcomes decision to reject Regulating Order proposal for the Firth of Clyde

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has welcomed the decision today (28 July) by the Scottish Government to reject an application by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust for a  Regulating Order for the Firth of Clyde.

The SFF, along with the Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) had maintained that such a management regime was totally unnecessary, given that […]

Iconic Scottish mackerel fishery achieves prestigious Marine Stewardship Council ecolabel

The commitment of Scottish pelagic fishermen to a sustainable future has been underlined by the certification of the North East Atlantic mackerel fishery with the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel.

Over 700 northern European mackerel fishing vessels from Scotland, Denmark, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France and Lithuania participated in the […]

May 12th, 2016|Sustainability / Environment|

Encouraging results from fishing trials with new trawl design for reducing unwanted catches

Preliminary fishing trials using a new design of prawn trawl developed to reduce unwanted bycatches of fish have produced encouraging results.

The prototype trawl, which is the brainchild of fishing skipper Jimmy Buchan and netmaker Mark Buchan of Jackson Trawls, is designed to aid North Sea prawn fishermen comply with new Landing Obligation regulations (discard ban).

Working […]

Impact of ‘choke stocks’ could wreak havoc on fishing fleets

Overcoming the impact of so-called ‘choke stocks’ will be one of the principal challenges facing fisheries managers to ensure the discard ban does not wreak havoc on the viability of the Scottish fishing fleet.

This is the view of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) who fear that choke species – fish where all quota has been […]

SFF calls on MSPs to support local communities over Marine Protected Area proposals

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is urging Scottish parliamentarians to support local communities on the West coast by rejecting Scottish Government proposals for an overly restrictive Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Firth of Clyde.

Following widespread dismay among West coast fishing communities over initial Scottish Government measures on some West coast MPAs in June 2015, […]