12 February 2018

Animations show dangers of subsea hazards to fishing

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00February 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 [...]

4 February 2018

Industry welcomes positive stance from ministers on CFP exit

2018-02-04T12:50:18+00:00February 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 [...]

16 January 2018

Overwhelming public support for UK taking back control of fishing grounds

2018-01-16T22:52:25+00:00January 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 [...]

13 December 2017

Fishermen urge EU nations to avoid hardline stance

2017-12-13T07:34:44+00:00December 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 [...]

11 December 2017

Fishermen urge ministers to rule out long Brexit transition

2019-02-05T17:01:58+00:00December 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 [...]

28 November 2017

Over £5,000 raised for Charlie House

2019-02-05T17:01:59+00:00November 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 [...]

16 November 2017

Industry leads the way on ILO188

2019-02-05T17:01:59+00:00November 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 [...]

1 November 2017

Industry pushes for fast CFP exit

2019-02-05T17:01:59+00:00November 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 [...]

31 October 2017

Letter to The Times

2017-10-31T12:48:31+00:00October 31st, 2017|IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

Dear Sir Having read The Times article and editorial earlier this week, I write to clarify the position of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation with regards to the Withdrawal Bill and the UK’s exit from the EU. Post Brexit, we are driven by and will argue for the arrangements which provide the most sustainable and beneficial [...]

24 October 2017

New codes of practice to improve fishing safety come into force

2019-02-05T17:01:59+00:00October 24th, 2017|IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

Three new Codes of Practice came into force on 23rd October, which will improve safety for everyone in the fishing industry. All three Codes have been developed with the help of the Fishing Industry Safety Group (which includes fishing federations, Seafish, the Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers Association and the Fishermen’s Mission). Each Code has been designed [...]