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SFF at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016

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.
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May 25th, 2016|Press Release|

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

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 […]

May 19th, 2016|Press Release|

SFF comment on the appointment of new Fisheries Minister

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 […]

May 18th, 2016|Press Release|

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

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 & […]

May 17th, 2016|Press Release|

Iconic Scottish mackerel fishery achieves prestigious Marine Stewardship Council ecolabel

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 […]

May 12th, 2016|Press Release|

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

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 […]

May 10th, 2016|Press Release|

Fishing must be top priority for next Government

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 […]

May 4th, 2016|Press Release|

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

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 […]

April 13th, 2016|Press Release|

Much to be positive about – but challenges remain

The following article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, appeared in the Buchan Observer’s Fishing in Focus feature

I can’t recall a time in the past when I’ve opened the SFF’s annual Fishing in Focus feature on a positive note – which is why I am so happy to do so this time […]

April 4th, 2016|Press Release|

Management changes at SFF Services Ltd provide platform for growth

SFF Services Ltd (SFFSL) – the commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) – has made several key management changes in a move that will help broaden the company’s portfolio for the offshore marine sector.

Under the new structure, Steven Alexander, previously Director of Business Development, becomes Managing Director of the company, John Watt is […]

March 24th, 2016|Press Release|