11March 2016

Europe and Scottish fishing

March 11th, 2016|Press Release|

Europe – and our place in it – is never far away from the forefront of politics and passionate debate. Being part of the EU affects all walks of life, but most especially fishing. Indeed, the very term Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stokes the strongest emotions within the industry: of all the people in the […]

24February 2016

WWF report on discard ban implementation misses the point

February 24th, 2016|Press Release|

Responding to the launch of a report today (24 February) by WWF calling for onboard cameras and sensors to be fitted to fishing boats to ensure compliance with the discard ban, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“The discard ban applied to mixed fisheries is less than two months old and is […]

18February 2016

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to sponsor Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016

February 18th, 2016|Press Release|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has confirmed that it will sponsor Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016 – the fourth year in a row it has supported Scotland’s flagship fisheries exhibition.

Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2016 will take place on 27 and 28 May at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. The annual show has experienced sustained […]

26January 2016

SFF calls on MSPs to support local communities over Marine Protected Area proposals

January 26th, 2016|Press Release|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is urging Scottish parliamentarians to support local communities on the West coast by rejecting Scottish Government proposals for an overly restrictive Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Firth of Clyde.

Following widespread dismay among West coast fishing communities over initial Scottish Government measures on some West coast MPAs in June 2015, […]

17December 2015

SFF Yearbook 2016

December 17th, 2015|Press Release|

SFF Yearbook and Diary 2016 – published November – distributed to members December 2015

16December 2015

EU fish quota talks conclude

December 16th, 2015|Press Release|

EU talks to finalise fish catching opportunity for 2016 concluded in Brussels early this morning (16 December) with quota increases for several key Scottish stocks.

Quota rises were agreed for haddock (+30%), North Sea cod (+15%), North Sea herring (+16%), megrim (+26%), monkfish (+20%) and West coast prawns (+16%). North Sea whiting and lemon sole quotas […]

11December 2015

EU Fish Council to decide on catching opportunities for 2016 starts next week

December 11th, 2015|Press Release|

Negotiations to finalise catching opportunity for 2016 get underway at the European Fisheries Council meeting in Brussels this Monday (14 December).

These talks have special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a major sea-change in […]

9December 2015

Scottish mackerel fishermen bitterly disappointed at outcome of Faroese talks

December 9th, 2015|Press Release|

The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has expressed bitter disappointed at the failure of EU-Faroe talks in Copenhagen to reduce access arrangements for Faroese vessels to catch mackerel in EU waters.

The Scottish pelagic sector had been pressing hard for a rebalancing of the access arrangements because they are skewed heavily in favour of the Faroese, enabling […]

5December 2015

EU-Norway fish catch agreement reflects healthy stocks but challenges remain with discard ban

December 5th, 2015|Press Release|

Talks between the EU and Norway to finalise catching opportunities for shared fish stocks for 2016 concluded in Bergen, Norway, last night (4 December).

These talks had special significance for the Scottish fishing industry because the phased introduction of the Landing Obligation (discard ban) for demersal fishers commences on 1 January 2016, which will deliver a […]

26November 2015

Funded training – change to eligibility criteria for experienced fishermen

November 26th, 2015|Press Release|

Following discussion at the most recent FISG Fishermen’s Training Project Group meeting in Southampton, it has been decided that, with immediate effect, only experienced fishermen who can provide evidence that they have been fishing for at least 60 days within the last two years will be eligible for funding towards the cost of any approved […]