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19 October 2020

No evidence for alleged ‘benefits’ of three-mile limit

2020-10-19T11:01:36+00:00October 19th, 2020|General News, Press Release, SFF|

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 [...]

9 October 2020

SFF sets out Sustainability Pledge for future activity

2020-10-09T09:05:03+00:00October 9th, 2020|Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

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 [...]

7 October 2020

Fishing industry urges government to hold firm and stick to promises

2020-10-07T15:13:10+00:00October 7th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, which together represent the UK fishing industry, held talks with senior UK politicians today calling on them to hold firm on the commitments made to fishermen and coastal communities ahead of the 15th October Brexit negotiations deadline. Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive of the Scottish [...]

30 September 2020

Letter to Lord Frost from SFF chief executive

2020-09-30T10:49:45+00:00September 30th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Text of letter sent today to UK's lead Brexit negotiator Dear Lord Frost UK/EU Future Relationship – Fisheries Negotiations As you know, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has welcomed greatly the repeated assurances you and the UK government has given on securing the right outcomes for fishing through the Future Relationship negotiations. We have also greatly [...]

4 September 2020

Joint statement from SFF and NFFO on Brexit negotiations

2020-09-04T10:14:54+00:00September 4th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

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 [...]

21 July 2020

Statement from SFF, NFFO and Fishermen’s Mission

2020-07-21T09:44:21+00:00July 21st, 2020|General News, SFF|

Government, the national fishing federations and the Fishermen’s Mission share a commitment to the whole fishing industry. This means not only the fishing businesses that make up the sector, but the crews who work on the vessels as owner/operators, self-employed share-fishermen, or fishermen under employment contracts. Financial support measures from governments across the UK have been significant in scale and delivered with a rapidity and efficiency that has matched the urgency [...]

15 June 2020

Mk3 FishSAFE unit now available

2020-06-15T10:28:04+00:00June 15th, 2020|Press Release, SFF|

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 [...]

2 June 2020

Brexit demands re-stated as talks resume

2020-06-02T11:13:35+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Scottish fisheries leaders today re-iterated the industry’s demands as talks resumed over a Brexit deal. SFF chief executive Elspeth MacDonald said the UK’s departure from the EU and its Common Fisheries Policy would allow the UK to become an independent coastal state and to control access to its fishing waters. This is already what the [...]

30 April 2020

Statement on French boycott of imported fish

2020-04-30T20:04:30+00:00April 30th, 2020|Press Release, SFF|

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 [...]

25 March 2020

Statement on Scottish Government Covid-19 funding

2020-03-25T12:12:42+00:00March 25th, 2020|General News, Press Release, SFF|

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 [...]