7March 2018

Statement on EU draft trade talks guidelines

March 7th, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Reacting to the EU’s draft guidelines for trade talks published today, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “There cannot be ‘fairer shares’ for our fishing communities if we maintain existing reciprocal access.

“This latest gambit must be rejected. When we leave the EU we leave the Common Fisheries Policy and assume our rightful place […]

21February 2018

Backbone needed as negotiations with EU on fisheries begin

February 21st, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release|

Responding to a government document setting out the UK’s legal position on the transition or implementation period today Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “It is very encouraging that the UK government has rejected the EU’s proposals and intends that we become a fully functioning Coastal State from 29th March 2019.

“With […]

12February 2018

Animations show dangers of subsea hazards to fishing

February 12th, 2018|Marine Safety & Training, Press Release|

Fishing remains the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK. This already hazardous job is made even more difficult by the 100,000 kilometres of cables and pipelines and 4,000 surface and subsea structures that lie off the coast of the UK and northern Europe. These obstacles frequently become hazards for fishing vessels; snagging fishing gear […]

4February 2018

Industry welcomes positive stance from ministers on CFP exit

February 4th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen’s leaders today welcomed commitments by UK government ministers to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019.
 
In media comments, environment secretary Michael Gove and home secretary Amber Rudd explicitly raised the issue of Brexit providing a great opportunity for a better deal for fishing communities.
 
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Mr Gove said […]

16January 2018

Overwhelming public support for UK taking back control of fishing grounds

January 16th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

There is powerful public support for the UK taking back control of its fishing grounds when the country leaves the EU in March 2019, or soon afterwards.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation found that 79% of voters who expressed an opinion believe the country should exit the Common Fisheries Policy right away […]

13December 2017

Fishermen urge EU nations to avoid hardline stance

December 13th, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have cautioned other EU countries against trying to block the UK taking back control of its fishing industry in the Brexit negotiations.

At the conclusion of the last but one round of annual negotiations in Brussels over fishing opportunity, they said it would be counter-productive for the 27 EU nations to adopt hardline […]

11December 2017

Fishermen urge ministers to rule out long Brexit transition

December 11th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen’s leaders today urged ministers to rule out a long Brexit transition for the industry to ensure clarity for UK fleets as they leave the Common Fisheries Policy.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of umbrella body the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said that to fit in with the calendar of international fisheries negotiations, a nine-month “bridge” is all […]

28November 2017

Over £5,000 raised for Charlie House

November 28th, 2017|General News|

Staff at SFF and SFF Services wish to take the opportunity to thank the many Constituent Association member vessels, clients, associates and friends for generously supporting their efforts to raise funds for local charity, Charlie House, during 2017.

Charlie House was established to help make life better for babies, children and young people who have life-threatening […]

16November 2017

Industry leads the way on ILO188

November 16th, 2017|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

The UK’s fishing federations in conjunction with the MCA Fishing Safety ​team have together developed a Fishing Safety Management (FSM) System that will assist fishermen with the imminent implementation of a generational change to fishing safety legislation – the Work in Fishing Convention (ILO 188) aimed at creating a set of common worldwide standards for […]

1November 2017

Industry pushes for fast CFP exit

November 1st, 2017|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The Scottish fishing industry is urging both governments to support its plan for a nine-month “bridge” after March 2019 to smooth the exit from the Common Fisheries Policy.

In his speech to the annual Scottish Fishermen’s Federation dinner tonight, chief executive Bertie Armstrong will set out the reasons for such a “common sense” approach.

He will say: […]