21June 2016

Our selective fishing gear is a real catch

June 21st, 2016|General News|

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in The Scotsman newspaper on 21 June 2016.

Among the many good news stories about fishing in recent years has been how innovation by our fishermen has spearheaded new designs of selective fishing gear that helps to conserve stocks.

One of the difficult […]

20June 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to meet with new Scots Fishing Minister

June 20th, 2016|General News, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) will hold its first meeting today (20 June) with Fergus Ewing, the new Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for fishing.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, says this initial meeting with the Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary in Edinburgh will enable the fishing industry to outline its key priorities.

“The fish […]

25May 2016

SFF at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016

May 25th, 2016|General News, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, who is sponsoring Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016, will have an open stand at this week’s event (28 and 29 May) where the team will be on hand to provide information on a whole range of current issues, including marine safety and the latest updates on various aspects of fisheries policy.
This […]

19May 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation throws its support behind Fair Isle Marine Protected Area proposal

May 19th, 2016|Marine Protected Areas|

A proposal for a ‘Demonstration and Research’ Marine Protected Area around Fair Isle has won the support of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF).

The proposal, which has been put forward by the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI), aims to demonstrate, through research and dissemination, the effectiveness of a community-led partnership approach in achieving […]

18May 2016

SFF comment on the appointment of new Fisheries Minister

May 18th, 2016|General News|

Commenting on the appointment of Fergus Ewing as the new Scottish Government Minister with responsibility for fishing (Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary), Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“We welcome the appointment of the new Minister and are pleased that this new cabinet position is focused on Scotland’s rural economy, of which […]

17May 2016

Fife Fishermen’s Association joins the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation

May 17th, 2016|General News, SFF|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is pleased to announce that at its recent Executive Committee meeting an application for membership from the Fife Fishermen’s Association (FFA) was unanimously accepted.

The Fife Fishermen’s Association becomes the 10th constituent association in membership of the SFF along with the Anglo-Scottish Fishermen’s Association, Clyde Fishermen’s Association, Fishing Vessel Agents & […]

12May 2016

Iconic Scottish mackerel fishery achieves prestigious Marine Stewardship Council ecolabel

May 12th, 2016|Sustainability / Environment|

The commitment of Scottish pelagic fishermen to a sustainable future has been underlined by the certification of the North East Atlantic mackerel fishery with the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel.

Over 700 northern European mackerel fishing vessels from Scotland, Denmark, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France and Lithuania participated in the […]

10May 2016

Encouraging results from fishing trials with new trawl design for reducing unwanted catches

May 10th, 2016|Discards, Fisheries Science, Sustainability / Environment|

Preliminary fishing trials using a new design of prawn trawl developed to reduce unwanted bycatches of fish have produced encouraging results.

The prototype trawl, which is the brainchild of fishing skipper Jimmy Buchan and netmaker Mark Buchan of Jackson Trawls, is designed to aid North Sea prawn fishermen comply with new Landing Obligation regulations (discard ban).

Working […]

4May 2016

Fishing must be top priority for next Government

May 4th, 2016|General News|

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in The Scotsman on 4 May 2016

Fishing is so very important to Scotland and one of our country’s greatest renewable natural resources. When the oil and gas has gone, we will still have fish in the sea and a fundamental keystone […]

13April 2016

Impact of ‘choke stocks’ could wreak havoc on fishing fleets

April 13th, 2016|Discards, Sustainability / Environment, TACs and Quotas|

Overcoming the impact of so-called ‘choke stocks’ will be one of the principal challenges facing fisheries managers to ensure the discard ban does not wreak havoc on the viability of the Scottish fishing fleet.

This is the view of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) who fear that choke species – fish where all quota has been […]