25February 2017

Government assurances on Brexit negotiations welcomed

February 25th, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Sea of Opportunity, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has welcomed assurances from the UK Government that the industry will not be deployed as a “bargaining chip” in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

In evidence to a Scottish Parliamentary committee this week, Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell emphasised the importance of fishing to Scotland.

He told members of the Culture, Tourism, […]

23February 2017

SFF Services scoops Scottish SME Award

February 23rd, 2017|General News, Press Release, SFF Services|

SFF Services Ltd (SFFSL) scooped a prestigious Scottish Business Insider & Bank of Scotland Scottish SME Award last night (22 February) in recognition of its strong operational performance.

SFFSL came top in the SME300 Best Newcomer Award category at a glittering event held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel.

Steven Alexander, managing director of SFFSL (pictured above), said: […]

2February 2017

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation comment on Brexit White Paper

February 2nd, 2017|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

Commenting on the Brexit plan set out in the Government’s White Paper today (2 February), Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation welcomes the Prime Minister’ s stated approach to the Brexit negotiations as one of anticipating success.  Delivery of the White Paper vision of a world leading food industry […]

2February 2017

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to sponsor Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2017

February 2nd, 2017|General News, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS, Press Release|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has thrown its support behind Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2017 by signing-up once again as official sponsor for Scotland’s top fisheries event.

This will be the fifth year in a row that the SFF has sponsored Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen and their support comes at a time when the show is […]

31January 2017

New man overboard prevention and sea survival course for fishermen

January 31st, 2017|General News, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS, Marine Safety & Training|

A ground breaking new pilot training course for fishermen aimed at preventing man overboard incidents and improving survival and recovery procedures has just been completed at the RNLI’s Training College in Poole, Dorset.

The RNLI, working in conjunction with the UK fishing industry, has developed the two-day training course to better reflect real-life sea conditions so […]

30January 2017

Scottish fishermen welcome new report on recovering fish stocks

January 30th, 2017|General News, Sustainability / Environment|

Scottish fishermen have welcomed a new report which highlights that most major whitefish stocks have increased in Scottish waters since the mid-2000s while fishing pressure has reduced significantly.

The report – Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2016 – produced by the NAFC Marine Centre UHI in Shetland draws upon the most recently published data from the […]

27January 2017

Common-sense approach needed for discard ban

January 27th, 2017|Discards, General News|

Commenting on the claim by WWF Scotland that the discard ban is being inadequately policed, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF said:

“No-one hates discarding more than our fishermen, who are making a comprehensive effort to comply with this largely unworkable regulation. Fishermen are doing everything possible to adhere to the rules and industry and […]

27January 2017

Jubilee Sailing Trust on search for young volunteer for the trip of a lifetime!

January 27th, 2017|General News, SFF Services|

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is on the search for a young volunteer from the north-east of Scotland (age 16 to 25) to participate in the trip of a lifetime aboard their sailing tall ship, Lord Nelson.

The place for the week long sailing voyage (21 to 28 April) from Aberdeen to the Isle of Man […]

17January 2017

Calls for project ideas for second phase of fishing gear discards reduction initiative

January 17th, 2017|General News, SFF|

Skippers, trawl makers and gear technologists are being urged to participate in the second phase of projects now being called by the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG) to develop and trial innovative new types of fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

Four projects were successfully completed in the first phase, the results of which offer […]

20December 2016

SFF Inshore Fisheries Policy Brexit and beyond

December 20th, 2016|Brexit, Domestic Fisheries Policy, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, Inshore Fisheries|

Introduction – Inshore Fisheries

Geographically and politically for the purposes of management, the area defined as inshore extends to 6nm from land, but fixed definitions of what the inshore is are not helpful. The 6nm does not contain the limits of the inshore fishery, nor does it limit the access of the offshore fishery to […]