Representing fishermen and working for a sustainable future


The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) was formed in 1973 to preserve and promote the collective interests of Scotland’s fishermen’s associations. The Federation plays an active role in advancing the interests of Scottish fishermen at national and international levels by lobbying government officials in Edinburgh, London and Brussels. The Federation also plays a key role in helping to inform: fisheries science; the management of the marine environment; inshore fisheries management; marine spatial planning; marine safety regulations and industry recruitment and training programmes.

The Federation umbrella covers eight geographical/sectoral constituent associations representing around 400 vessels from inshore creel boats to pelagic trawlers. The associations are:

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the collective interests of Scotland’s fishermen’s associations whilst at the same time ensuring a sustainable future for our fisheries.

Federation activities are directed by the fifteen members of our executive committee. This committee meets four times a year to discuss current and upcoming issues and to develop Federation policy.

The president of the Federation is Ian Gatt, with vice-president, Leslie Tait.

The executive committee oversees a number of specialist working groups including:

• Inshore;
• Marine Safety, Training and Personnel.
• Policy & Horizon Scanning; and,
• Sustainable Fisheries.

In addition to working groups, focus groups can be convened as required to address specific issues.

SFF Services Limited was established in 1986 as the commercial wing of the Federation and has become a successful marine services company. Further information can be found at


Ian Gatt

SFF President

President’s Message 2017

The result of the EU referendum on 23 June 2016 took everybody by surprise including the fishing industry.  It does present our sector with some exciting prospects, what we are calling a “sea of opportunity” – but more on that later.

First of all I would like to pay tribute to Ross Dougal who has had to step down as President due to ill health. He was an effective and hardworking President and we wish him a speedy recovery. We also look forward to his return as chairman of SFF Services in due course.

I would also like to welcome the Fife Fishermen’s Association into the membership of the SFF. Our strength lies in the diversity of our representation, both in terms of fisheries type and geography.


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SFF Executive Committee and Office Bearers

A full list of our Executive Committee and Office Bearers.