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Scotland’s hardworking fishermen need a lifeline

15th September 2015

The following article, By Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Scotsman newspaper on 15 September 2015.

At first glance fishing may seem a rather simple business; you catch your fish or shellfish in a trawl or creel, which are managed by quotas or other limitations to keep […]

September 18th, 2015|IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENTS|

Scotland’s hardworking fishermen need a lifeline

The following article, By Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Scotsman newspaper on 15 September 2015.

At first glance fishing may seem a rather simple business; you catch your fish or shellfish in a trawl or creel, which are managed by quotas or other limitations to keep landings to […]

September 15th, 2015|IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENTS|

Help stop the rising tide of litter at Cairnbulg beach

Three organisations based in the north-east are joining forces this month to highlight the problems caused by marine litter and are seeking volunteers to help take action to clear an Aberdeenshire beach.

Aberdeenshire Council, KIMO UK and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation have organised a beach clean at Cairnbulg between 11am-3pm on Sunday, September 20 to coincide […]

September 8th, 2015|Press Release|

SFF comment on landing figures for 2014

Commenting on the statistics published today (3 September) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2014 increased by 18 per cent in real terms from 2013 and the volume by 31 per cent, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“These […]

September 3rd, 2015|Press Release|

SFF comment on deep-sea trawling study

Researchers at the University of Glasgow and Marine Scotland Science published a study (27 August) on the impact of deep-sea trawling at depths of 600m or more.

According to the researchers in the study ‘A Scientific Basis for Regulating Deep-Sea Fishing by Depth’, results from the research suggest there are conservation benefits to limiting deep-sea trawling […]

August 28th, 2015|Press Release|

Gear Group established to develop innovative technology ahead of discard ban

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has secured advance funding from theEuropean Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and Marine Scotland for a project to develop and trial innovative fishing gear to reduce the amount of discards vessels will have to deal with when the discard ban is phased-in for demersal fisheries from 1 January 2016.

With the […]

August 17th, 2015|Press Release|

SFF calls for study into impact of MPA measures on fishing communities

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is urging the Scottish Government to delay any final decision on the new management arrangements for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) until a proper analysis is made on the socio-economic impact on fishing communities on the West coast of Scotland.

In a letter to Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food […]

August 7th, 2015|Press Release|

MAIB accident statistics underlines why fishermen need to take advantage of Seafish funded training

Following the recent publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s (MAIB) annual report, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) says that the accident statistics underline why fishermen must take advantage of safety training funds available from Seafish.

According to the MAIB report, eight fishermen lost their lives in 2014, compared with four in 2013. The average number […]

August 3rd, 2015|Press Release|

SFF BACKS SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONCERNS OVER CROSS-CHANNEL TRADE DELAYS

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is backing the Scottish government by expressing their concerns over the damaging effects of the cross-channel trade delays.

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the SFF said: “One result of the chaotic situation caused by high-profile disturbances at the channel crossings has been to hold up lorry loads of highly perishable fish […]

July 27th, 2015|Press Release|

SILENCE FROM RICHARD LOCHHEAD ON MARINE PROTECTED AREAS

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) have demanded a response from Richard Lochhead on questions about his decision-making on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  In a letter, the SFF has accused the Scottish Fisheries Minister of placing management measures which are irrational and deeply damaging to fragile communities, disregarding his own mechanism to develop properly evidenced protection […]

July 24th, 2015|Press Release|