SFF Safety & Training

Marine safety, training and welfare are important SFF policy threads. The Marine Safety, Training and Welfare working group provides guidance in these areas.

Current work streams include:

  • Risk assessments for fishing vessels and how to improve them with the Onboard Support Scheme. Click here for more information

  • Co-operating with the MCA through the Fishing Industry Safety Group (FISG) on several projects

  • Working with Seafish to provide a better training service for the fishing industry

  • Create a safety guide of key safety messages onboard in the national language of those employed in the Scottish Fishing Industry

  • Small vessels safety codes

  • FISH Platform: A working group of European Fishing Safety representatives that meet twice per year to discuss and share best practice
  • Develop and improve existing course to meet the implementation of STCW-F in 2017
  • Stability for small fishing vessels

  • Guidance to creating a risk assessment

For further information on FISG and its sub groups click here.

In addition, the Federation is working closely with the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) to update fishermen’s training courses. At the moment we are working together to update the mandatory courses for fishermen. For further information on Seafish click here.

For the long-term health of the Scottish fishing industry it is necessary to attract local new entrants – tomorrow’s skippers, leaders and managers of the industry. This is, and will remain, the industry’s aspiration. However, there is presently a shortage of local recruits and multinational crewing is common. With this in mind, the SFF introduced a Code of Practice for Non-EEA Crew in 2008. To download a copy of the Code of Practice click here.

A number of proposed future work streams have been identified which include:

  • The International Labour Organisation (ILO) 188 convention provides many challenges for the Scottish and other international fishing industries. The convention seeks to introduce many changes, for example the end to ‘share fishing’, and limiting the working hours that a fishermen can work.
  • The SFF takes the view that even now the safety of fishermen can be improved and accidents reduced. Our focus is on providing more and better training courses for fishermen to attend. Our belief is that more regulation will not in itself save lives but that quality training will.

The initiatives of the SFF Marine Safety Training and Welfare working group include the commissioning of a video on good practice while creel fishing single-handedly.


We would welcome your feedback on this section. Comments should be sent to:

Derek Cardno
Marine Safety Officer

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation
24 Rubislaw Terrace
AB10 1 XE

Tel: 01224 646944
Fax: 01224 647058
Mob: 07545 429314

Download: NON-EEA CREW Code of Practice.pdf