15 January 2021

Letter to Prime Minister from SFF Chief Executive

2021-01-15T11:19:53+00:00January 15th, 2021|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Dear Prime Minister I am writing to you as the second week of 2021 draws to a close, and our industry is facing mounting financial losses. Many fishing vessels are tied to the quay wall. Of the others that can go to sea, some are now making a 72-hour round trip to land fish in [...]

29 December 2020

Brexit deal falls ‘far short of commitments and promises’

2020-12-29T16:03:25+00:00December 29th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “This deal falls very far short of the commitments and promises that were made to the fishing industry by those at the highest level of government. “It does not restore sovereign UK control over fisheries, and does not permit us to determine who can catch [...]

24 December 2020

Statement on Fisheries Agreement with EU

2020-12-24T18:36:47+00:00December 24th, 2020|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that while the full details of the Fisheries Agreement reached between the UK and the EU had yet to emerge, on the surface it did not appear to deliver on the industry’s aspirations. “What has been outlined so far is that full access will be [...]

22 December 2020

Statement on Brexit negotiations

2020-12-22T12:33:29+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Amid all the rumours and speculation, we have been clear from the outset that the industry only seeks the same sorts of arrangements that the EU has with other coastal states – full control of access to our waters, fairer quota shares based on zonal attachment and annual negotiations on access and fishing opportunities. No [...]

10 December 2020

Statement on EU contingency plans for fishing

2020-12-10T12:59:09+00:00December 10th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said: “If there is no Fisheries Agreement in place by the end of this year, the EU fleet will have no right of access to UK waters and vice versa. “Remember, however, that EU vessels land 10 times more fish from UK waters than UK vessels do [...]

5 December 2020

Message to PM on Brexit

2020-12-05T10:01:50+00:00December 5th, 2020|Brexit, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation today urged the Prime Minister to refuse to accept a bad deal for the UK fishing industry. Amid media reports that the EU will not accept any material change to access rights or quotas for fishing in UK coastal waters that recognise the truth about sovereignty – in line with international [...]

17 November 2020

Joint letter to PM from SFF and NFFO

2020-11-17T09:24:23+00:00November 17th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

In a joint letter to the Prime Minister, the representatives of the UK fishing industry - SFF and NFFO - have today urged the Government to stand firm in the Brexit negotiations to ensure that sovereignty is regained over our waters and fishing opportunities agreed in international discussions. The full text of the letter is [...]

30 October 2020

SFF priorities for Fisheries Agreement between UK and EU

2020-10-30T16:58:47+00:00October 30th, 2020|Brexit, General News, SFF|

The UK’s departure from the EU and its Common Fisheries Policy allows the UK to become an independent coastal state, and to control access to our fishing waters – just like our neighbours do, in Norway, in Faroe and indeed as the EU itself does. This is the accepted norm under international law. The SFF’s [...]

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 [...]