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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 [...]

2 March 2020

Industry will keep up pressure over key Brexit goals

2020-03-02T10:17:43+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

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 [...]

28 January 2020

No Brexit betrayal, warns SFF

2020-01-28T14:30:52+00:00January 28th, 2020|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Failure by the government to gain full control of access to UK waters in the next phase of Brexit negotiations would be a “colossal betrayal” of the fishing industry. That was the uncompromising message delivered today by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation prior to the UK’s formal exit from the EU on Friday. SFF chief executive [...]

18 December 2019

Statement on December Fisheries Council

2019-12-18T10:20:49+00:00December 18th, 2019|General News, Press Release, SFF|

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the SFF, said the main damage for the Scottish industry – a 50% cut in the total allowable catch (TAC) for North Sea cod – was done at the bilateral negotiations between the EU and Norway prior to the December Fisheries Council. “Since the UK did not have its own seat in those negotiations, [...]

18 November 2019

Fishing industry seeks support for December 2020 CFP exit

2019-11-28T12:56:01+00:00November 18th, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The fishing industry is urging politicians to support its goal of exiting the Common Fisheries Policy within one year of the general election. Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Elspeth Macdonald said it was now clear to representatives of all political parties that the fleet would prosper when control over who gets to catch what, where [...]

17 October 2019

Brexit agreement is gateway to UK’s exit from CFP

2019-10-17T13:17:02+00:00October 17th, 2019|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release|

The SFF today welcomed the agreement reached between the UK and European Union to secure the UK’s exit from the EU. Three years since the referendum, this agreement provides the gateway to the UK’s exit from the Common Fisheries Policy, and the UK becoming an independent coastal state. Elspeth Macdonald, CEO of the SFF, said: [...]

19 September 2019

SFF and SSA push ministers to maximise Brexit benefits and solve trade issues

2019-09-19T10:59:15+00:00September 19th, 2019|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The Scottish fishing industry united today to press ministers to maximise the opportunities for the UK outside the Common Fisheries Policy, including the rapid adoption of solutions to major practical problems that would arise for processors if no deal is reached. Leaders of the catching and processing sectors used a meeting with Secretary of State [...]

11 September 2019

Ambition to make fishing fastest growing sector of economy

2019-09-11T12:35:45+00:00September 11th, 2019|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The fishing industry should be the fastest growing sector of the Scottish economy in the next decade. That is the ambition of new Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Elspeth Macdonald as she takes over from her predecessor Bertie Armstrong. Ms Macdonald is leading a team from across the industry at Westminster this week, lobbying ministers [...]

6 September 2019

Fishermen’s leaders welcome commitment to new strategy for industry

2019-09-06T14:08:05+00:00September 6th, 2019|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today welcomed the Prime Minister’s backing for a national fishing strategy. The SFF has long called for a new blueprint for the industry as the UK leaves the Common Fisheries Policy. Boris Johnson acceded to the suggestion of a coherent industry-wide approach to making the best of the opportunity that Brexit will present to grow [...]