17August 2016

Brexit – a great opportunity for Scottish fishing

August 17th, 2016|Brexit, Press Release|

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Scotsman on 16 August 2016.

It’s embedded in human nature to be nervous of change – our thoughts tend to default to potential drawbacks rather than opportunities. Scottish coverage of Brexit has seen a fairly severe example of this […]

29July 2016

European and External Relations Committee

July 29th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) gave evidence earlier this week to the European and External Relations Committee.

The Official Report of the meeting is now available on the Parliament’s website and can be accessed by following this link: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10496&mode=pdf

Below is a clip of the meeting featuring Bertie Armstrong delivering the submission from the SFF at the […]

28July 2016

SFF welcomes decision to reject Regulating Order proposal for the Firth of Clyde

July 28th, 2016|Domestic Fisheries Policy, Inshore Fisheries, Sustainability / Environment|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has welcomed the decision today (28 July) by the Scottish Government to reject an application by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust for a  Regulating Order for the Firth of Clyde.

The SFF, along with the Clyde Fishermen’s Association (CFA) had maintained that such a management regime was totally unnecessary, given that […]

27July 2016

SFF submits two Papers to the EERC

July 27th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News, Press Release, SFF|

The following two Papers have been submitted to the European and External Relations Committee (EERC) ahead of their Meeting Thursday 28th July.   SFF will attend to give evidence.

Paper 1:   Brexit and the Fishing Industry

 Paper 2:  Scottish Fishing – Synopsis of actions

14July 2016

SFF Services welcomes visit from Australian counterparts

July 14th, 2016|General News, SFF Services|

Following on from earlier meetings, John Harrison, chief executive of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC), this week visited the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) looking to pick up pointers for the setting up of a commercial services company with which to engage with the oil industry in Australia.

Over the last couple of years, the […]

5July 2016

SFF outlines to Rural Economy Secretary the opportunities leaving the EU brings to our fisheries

July 5th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) met with Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing today (4 July) in Glasgow where it underlined the positive impact leaving the EU would have on the way our fisheries are managed.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We outlined to the Minister the unanimous view of our membership of the real and […]

29June 2016

Appointment of marine scientist will boost fish stock conservation

June 29th, 2016|General News|

In a landmark development, the representative association for Scotland’s mackerel and herring fishermen has appointed a Chief Scientific Officer to spearhead marine research to boost our understanding of key pelagic fish stocks and improve their management.

The appointment of Dr Steven Mackinson by the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SPFA) represents an innovative new approach to fisheries […]

28June 2016

EU referendum result gives real hope for Scotland’s fishing communities

June 28th, 2016|Brexit, General News|

The European Union referendum result last week, which took so many in the country by surprise, opened up hope and ambition for Scotland’s fishing communities.   There is now real opportunity to implement sustainable and rationale stewardship of our fisheries, says the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive said:  “After many years – in […]

24June 2016

Following EU referendum leave vote, the work now begins to get best deal for fishing

June 24th, 2016|Brexit, Europe / Common Fisheries Policy, General News|

Commenting on the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The result of the referendum brings both opportunities and challenges for the fishing industry and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation will be doing everything in its power to ensure that the best possible deal […]

21June 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation encouraged by first meeting with new Fisheries Minister

June 21st, 2016|Brexit, General News|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) had their first introductory meeting with Fergus Ewing, the new Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, yesterday afternoon (20 June).

Speaking after the meeting, Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive, said: “We were encouraged by our first meeting with the Minister.

“The SFF and the Cabinet Secretary were able to agree readily on […]