4April 2016

Much to be positive about – but challenges remain

April 4th, 2016|General News|

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in the Buchan Observer’s Fishing in Focus feature

I can’t recall a time in the past when I’ve opened the SFF’s annual Fishing in Focus feature on a positive note – which is why I am so happy to do so this time […]

24March 2016

Management changes at SFF Services Ltd provide platform for growth

March 24th, 2016|SFF Services|

SFF Services Ltd (SFFSL) – the commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) – has made several key management changes in a move that will help broaden the company’s portfolio for the offshore marine sector.

Under the new structure, Steven Alexander, previously Director of Business Development, becomes Managing Director of the company, John Watt is […]

11March 2016

Europe and Scottish fishing

March 11th, 2016|Domestic Fisheries Policy, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

Europe – and our place in it – is never far away from the forefront of politics and passionate debate. Being part of the EU affects all walks of life, but most especially fishing. Indeed, the very term Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stokes the strongest emotions within the industry: of all the people in the […]

24February 2016

WWF report on discard ban implementation misses the point

February 24th, 2016|Discards|

Responding to the launch of a report today (24 February) by WWF calling for onboard cameras and sensors to be fitted to fishing boats to ensure compliance with the discard ban, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The discard ban applied to mixed fisheries is less than two months old and is […]

18February 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to sponsor Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016

February 18th, 2016|General News, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has confirmed that it will sponsor Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016 – the fourth year in a row it has supported Scotland’s flagship fisheries exhibition.

Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016 will take place on 27 and 28 May at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. The annual show has experienced sustained […]

26January 2016

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

January 26th, 2016|Marine Protected Areas, Sustainability / Environment|

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, […]

17December 2015

SFF Yearbook 2016

December 17th, 2015|General News, SFF|

SFF Yearbook and Diary 2016 – published November – distributed to members December 2015

16December 2015

EU fish quota talks conclude

December 16th, 2015|Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, TACs and Quotas|

EU talks to finalise fish catching opportunity for 2016 concluded in Brussels early this morning (16 December) with quota increases for several key Scottish stocks.

Quota rises were agreed for haddock (+30%), North Sea cod (+15%), North Sea herring (+16%), megrim (+26%), monkfish (+20%) and West coast prawns (+16%). North Sea whiting and lemon sole quotas […]

11December 2015

EU Fish Council to decide on catching opportunities for 2016 starts next week

December 11th, 2015|Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Sustainability / Environment, TACs and Quotas|

Negotiations to finalise catching opportunities for 2016 get underway at the European Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (14 December).

These talks have special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a major sea-change in […]

9December 2015

Scottish mackerel fishermen bitterly disappointed at outcome of Faroese talks

December 9th, 2015|Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Sustainability / Environment|

The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has expressed bitter disappointed at the failure of EU-Faroe talks in Copenhagen to reduce access arrangements for Faroese vessels to catch mackerel in EU waters.

The Scottish pelagic sector had been pressing hard for a rebalancing of the access arrangements because they are skewed heavily in favour of the Faroese, enabling […]