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30 October 2018

New fishing vessel working conditions law to come into force

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00October 30th, 2018|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

From this November, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) will require UK fishing vessels to comply with the International Organization’s Working In Fishing Convention. This follows the MCA's public and industry consultation on these measures, which addressed all aspects of living and working conditions on fishing vessels – including decent crew accommodation, work agreements and [...]

29 October 2018

New drive to improve Scottish seafood trade opportunities in US

2019-02-05T17:01:56+00:00October 29th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The first steps on a new crusade to improve trade opportunities for Scottish seafood in the United States will be made today.   Representatives of the fish catching and processing sectors will join their counterparts from the salmon industry at a special roundtable meeting convened by US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson in London. [...]

25 October 2018

Statement on publication of Fisheries Bill

2018-10-25T08:03:11+00:00October 25th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Commenting on publication of the Fisheries Bill today Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, said: "This is a necessary piece of legislation that sets a completely new framework for fisheries management outside the universally detested Common Fisheries Policy. "Control of UK waters will no longer be exercised by the dead hand of [...]

14 October 2018

Fishermen’s leaders welcome personal commitment from PM

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00October 14th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen’s leaders have welcomed direct assurances from the Prime Minister that the Government is committed to securing “the best deal possible” for the industry in the Brexit negotiations. In a letter to Scottish Fishermen’s Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong, Theresa May said she was happy to confirm that the Government would abide by the [...]

1 October 2018

Public strongly supports increase in quotas for UK vessels in own waters

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00October 1st, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

A clear majority of the public believe that the amount of fish caught by UK boats in their own waters should be increased when the country leaves the EU. Under the Common Fisheries Policy, vessels are currently restricted to 40% of the annual catch and the remaining 60% is taken by other countries. In a [...]

5 September 2018

Merchant Navy Medal for SFF Safety Officer

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00September 5th, 2018|General News, Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Safety Officer Derek Cardno is to be honoured with the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. It is in recognition of his commitment to promoting safety within the industry, particularly leading a campaign to ensure fishermen across Scotland wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) while at sea. Mr Cardno, a working fisherman himself, [...]

29 August 2018

Fishermen seek clear seabed as oil and gas infrastructure is decommissioned

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00August 29th, 2018|Press Release, SFF, Sustainability / Environment|

The Scottish fishing industry is urging oil and gas companies to ensure that offshore infrastructure is completely removed from the seabed when it is decommissioned. In a new policy paper, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation highlights the safety of fishermen as its number one priority while recognising that the removal of platforms and subsea installations will [...]

3 August 2018

Wearing a lifejacket could save your life, Casualty Review Panel says

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Marine Safety & Training, SFF|

Thirteen people who drowned in 2017 might be alive today had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. These are the findings of this year’s Casualty Review Panel. The panel, including Derek Cardno of the SFF, meets annually to discuss the previous year’s appropriate maritime fatalities and whether those who died might have survived [...]

4 July 2018

SFF welcomes UK Government White Paper on fisheries

2018-07-04T05:38:28+00:00July 4th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today welcomed the White Paper on Sustainable Fisheries as a signal of intent from the UK Government to take back control of UK waters. SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “The White Paper enshrines the important elements of a sustainable future for our industry: allowing the UK to become an independent [...]

27 June 2018

Fishing industry stands to gain hugely from Brexit – report

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00June 27th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The fishing industry is poised for substantial growth when the UK exits the European Union, according to a comprehensive new analysis. It could even double in size if Britain follows the example of Iceland where 95% of the fish caught within the 200-mile limit recognised by international law is landed by local vessels. The study [...]