19December 2016

SFF lays out Brexit fishing requirements to Commons Select Committee on Brexit

December 19th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

At an evidence session of the Commons Brexit Select Committee today (19 December) at Aberdeen University, Bertie Armstrong from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and  Michael Bates from the Scottish Seafood Association together  laid out the considerable prize that Brexit will bring for sustainable food production and the revitalisation of coastal communities.

The principal points made in […]

14December 2016

EU Fisheries Council sets 2017 fish catching opportunities

December 14th, 2016|Brexit, Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News|

The EU Fisheries Council to finalise catching opportunities for 2017 has concluded early this morning (14 December) in Brussels with quota increases for many key fish stocks for the Scottish fleet, reflecting the general improving trend of our fisheries.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said: “Overall, this is a positive outcome for […]

9December 2016

Crucial talks on fish catching opportunity for 2017 set to get underway

December 9th, 2016|Brexit, Discards, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy|

Negotiations to finalise fish catching opportunities for 2017 will begin at the annual EU Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (12 December).

The negotiations are especially significant for the UK as this will be the first end-of-the-year  EU Council meeting to decide upon annual quotas since the Brexit vote.

Many quota shares have already been finalised […]

6December 2016

Scots fishing industry in cross-party support call over Brexit

December 6th, 2016|Brexit|

Ahead of tomorrow’s fisheries debate (7 December) in the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is highlighting to MSPs the importance of cross-party support to ensure Scotland’s fishing communities benefit from the opportunities presented by Brexit.

Tomorrow’s debate will focus on our sea fisheries and the end-of-the-year EU Fish Council which commences next week (12 […]

5December 2016

Scots fishermen express disappointment at EU-Norway blue whiting catch arrangements


Scottish fishermen have expressed their extreme disappointment at the blue whiting catch arrangements for 2017 finalised at the EU-Norway talks for shared stocks which concluded in Bergen on 2 December.

The agreement, which the Scottish negotiating team voted against, will see an increased access arrangement for Norway, which will enable them to catch 68% of their […]

2December 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation scoops green energy award

December 2nd, 2016|General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) scooped a prestigious Scottish Green Energy Award for its work in enabling the fishing fleet to diversify into the offshore wind sector.

 The SFF and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) were jointly nominated by Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd for the ‘Contribution to Skills’ award in recognition of their efforts in enabling active […]

30November 2016

Scots fishing industry underlines to MPs the sea of opportunity from Brexit

November 30th, 2016|Brexit, Domestic Fisheries Policy|

With MPs due to debate the future of the UK fishing industry in the House of Commons tomorrow (1 December), the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is underlining the real opportunity for sustainable economic growth that Brexit can deliver for our coastal communities.

The UK’s two main representative organisations for fishing, the SFF and the National Federation […]

28November 2016

UK fishermen’s federations adopt united stance on Brexit

November 28th, 2016|Brexit, Domestic Fisheries Policy, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

The UK’s two main representative organisations for commercial fishermen – the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) – have agreed upon common principles to ensure the best possible deal for coastal communities in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

 The two federations met in Edinburgh on Friday 25 November and agreed the […]

3November 2016

New President for the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

November 3rd, 2016|General News, SFF|

Ian Gatt, the chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, has been elected as the new President of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) at its annual general meeting.

He takes over from Ross Dougal who had stepped down from the role due to ill health. A former fishermen and a past president of the SFF, […]

2November 2016

Brexit will help our coastal communities prosper

November 2nd, 2016|Brexit, General News|

Brexit will deliver a sea of opportunity that will reinvigorate coastal and island communities and turn Scotland into a world class seafood harvesting nation, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), told guests at  tonight’s (2 November) Federation annual dinner in Edinburgh.

Speaking at the event, attended by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing […]