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 [...]

21 June 2018

Farming and fishing leaders urge Ministers to focus on delivering best Brexit outcome

2019-02-05T17:01:57+00:00June 21st, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Farming and fisheries leaders today join forces to urge the Scottish Government to ensure sufficient resources are available to deliver the capacity that will be needed to implement trade and export policy after the country leaves the EU. While recognising that the UK’s exit from the European Union will present challenges, NFU Scotland and the Scottish [...]

5 June 2018

Brexit bonanza for fisheries – if we seize the Sea of Opportunity

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00June 5th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Referring to a Scottish Government report published today, the UK Seafood Industries post-Brexit, Scottish Fishermen's Federation chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “This report simply underlines the importance of the UK regaining sovereignty over its own waters and becoming an independent Coastal State with the powers to control access and fishing opportunity. For Scotland that could be worth an [...]

31 May 2018

Fishermen’s leaders push hard for positive Brexit outcome

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00May 31st, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen’s leaders held positive talks this week with senior politicians and civil servants as they pressed the case for restoration of sovereignty over UK waters post-Brexit. One of their meetings was with Olly Robbins, head of the Prime Minister’s Brexit unit, as they seek to persuade key decision makers in Number 10, DexEU, DEFRA [...]

30 April 2018

SFF and NFFO join forces to push for best Brexit deal

2018-04-30T11:02:26+00:00April 30th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The two main UK fishing federations are working together to secure the best possible deal from the EU withdrawal negotiations. In a joint statement, Bertie Armstrong of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and Barrie Deas of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) said: “As the Prime Minister has made crystal clear, at the conclusion [...]

28 March 2018

Industry leaders urge Prime Minister to secure positive Brexit deal

2018-03-28T16:54:59+00:00March 28th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Scottish fishermen’s leaders today pressed the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes back complete control of its waters after Brexit. In a timely and important meeting at Number 10 Downing Street, Theresa May indicated that she understood the widespread dismay within the industry at the transitional deal which means skippers and crews will [...]

19 March 2018

‘Far short of an acceptable deal’ – SFF on interim Brexit agreement

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00March 19th, 2018|Brexit, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Reacting to the agreement for fishing during the implementation period, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said: “This falls far short of an acceptable deal. We will leave the EU and leave the CFP, but hand back sovereignty over our seas a few seconds later. Our fishing communities’ fortunes will still be [...]

11 March 2018

SFF welcomes commitment from across UK government to leaving CFP

2018-03-11T13:49:27+00:00March 11th, 2018|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

Fishermen's leaders today welcomed the commitment from two senior cabinet ministers and the leader of the Conservatives in Scotland to leaving the Common Fisheries Policy in March 2019. In a joint statement Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson, who were on opposite sides in the referendum campaign, backed the Scottish Fishermen's Federation position. Chancellor Philip Hammond [...]