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 ten geographical/sectoral constituent associations representing more than 500 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 seventeen 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 Ross Dougal; with vice-president: Alex Wiseman.

The executive committee oversees a number of specialist sub-committees including:

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

In addition to sub-committees, 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

Ross Dougal – SFF President

President’s Message 2016

2015 has again been a challenging year with solutions for many potential problems still to be found. Scientific advice, especially on North Sea stocks, is fairly upbeat although many of the assessments for the West Coast continue to be less encouraging.

As government budgets decrease the increased involvement by the Scottish fishing industry in the stock assessment process has become even more important. The SFF observer scheme and SFF Services’ scientific charters will continue to contribute to this aim. Also the Scottish Fishermen’s Trust, which was established by the SFF in 2000, continues to support a diverse range of fisheries science and conservation projects with approximately £100,000 of grants.

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SFF Executive Committee and Office Bearers

A full list of our Executive Committee and Office Bearers.