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 will include highlighting the work of the Gear Innovation Technology and Advisory Group (GITAG), which is currently engaged in trials with skippers to develop innovative fishing gear aimed at reducing discards.

There will also be information on the progress of Marine Protected Area designations around the Scottish coast.

As far as the safety side is concerned, any fishermen who have applied for a free personal flotation device (PFD), but have yet to receive one, are encouraged to come along to the SFF stand to pick up their devices. Derek Cardno, SFF Safety Officer, will also be on hand to offer advice on the operation of PFDs.

The SFF is also encouraging fishermen to visit their stand to find out more about the new safety codes for UK fishing vessels.

“These new safety requirements represent significant changes and will have a particular impact on the under-15m sector,” says Derek Cardno. “We therefore encourage fishermen to ask us any questions they have on the code and on how to ensure compliance.”

Other issues likely to be of interest to fishermen are the lessons that can be learned from the publication of recent MAIB reports, including the use of man overboard equipment.

Meanwhile, the SFF’s Onboard Support Scheme for risk assessments will also be featured at the expo. The scheme for SFF members is designed to produce a safety management system for fishing vessels by providing assistance in formulating an onboard risk assessment.

“Fishermen looking for help or advice for implementing this risk assessment process should visit our stand where we would be delighted to provide assistance,” said Derek Cardno.

The SFF will be exhibiting on stand number 62.