The Scottish Fishermen’s Trust was established in 2000 by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Its objectives are:

  • The advancement of education as regards the marine environment of the United Kingdom;

  • The advancement of education of those engaged or to be engaged in fishing activities in the seas around the United Kingdom;

  • The advancement of health and the saving of lives in relation to those engaged or to be engaged in fishing activities in the seas around the United Kingdom;

  • The advancement of science and the heritage and culture of the United Kingdom as regards the protection, preservation and stewardship of the marine environment, promotion of the conservation of marine living organisms and preservation of the marine ecology and biodiversity of the seas around the United Kingdom;

  • The advancement of environmental protection and improvement including the sustainability of marine living organisms as regards the seas around the United Kingdom; and,

  • The provision of welfare services and facilities for fishermen and fishing communities.

Financial Statements

Please click on the link below to download a copy of the Trust’s latest financial statements.

Download: SFT 2018 Financial Statements

A very wide range of projects have received Trust support over the years. Recent awards have included further support for the Seafood Scotland Seafood in Schools project, a contribution towards the new St Abbs Lifeboat initiative and funding towards Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) member vessels undergoing Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme audits.

In 2015, funding was approved for several heritage projects including a Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) commissioned fisheries documentary, the 125 Memorial Association sculpture at Eyemouth and the Invercairn Community Council memorial statue.

A range of gear selectivity trials have been supported by the Trust, including projects led by SWFPA and Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association (MNWFA). An award to the industry led and Scottish Government supported Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG) was made in 2015.

A number of marine science and fisheries certification projects have also benefited from Trust funding including grant support for the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) Pelagic Scientific Support project and lobster v-notching schemes run by Orkney Fisheries Association (OFA) and the Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation (SSMO).

There continues to be good demand for qualifying training courses, including from active fishermen upgrading their non-mandatory certification. The Trust has also supported NAFC Marine Centre graduate placements and the training of fishermen on the FishSAFE unit as well as providing bursary support for Masters Students through an arrangement with the University of Aberdeen.

Grants continue to be made available for the enhancement of stability records for fishing vessels involved in guard vessel work and a substantial award was made in 2013 to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) Personal Floatation Device initiative, also generously supported by the Scottish Government, European Fisheries Fund and U.K. Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust Fund.

For guidance and an application for funding please contact:

Derek Duthie
Company Secretary
Scottish Fishermen’s Trust
24 Rubislaw Terrace
AB10 1XE

Telephone No: 01224 646944
Fax No: 01224 647078
Email: d.duthie@sff.co.uk

Closing dates for 2020 Applications are:

16th July 2020