4June 2015

How our fishermen are innovating for a sustainable future

June 4th, 2015|Press Release|

This article by Bertie Armstrong, chief executive Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, was published in The Scotsman on 4 June 2015.

It is one of the biggest challenges facing fishermen today – how do you catch the types of fish or shellfish you want, and of the sizes you want, whilst at the same time avoiding non-target fish such […]

3June 2015

Vacancies: Fisheries Observers

June 3rd, 2015|Press Release|

Fisheries Observers

SFF Services Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation. The company’s activities include managing a team of fisheries observers who collect data for the Independent Onboard Observer Scheme which supports and informs the joint Industry/Government Fisheries Management and Conservation Group.

We have a current requirement for one additional full time observer […]

3June 2015

Inshore fishermen to voice ‘breach of trust’ concerns

June 3rd, 2015|Press Release|

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) and its constituent associations will meet with Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, in Glasgow this Monday (6 July) to highlight their anger and dismay over recently announced management measures for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which threatens the viability of inshore fisheries on the […]

21May 2015

Scottish fisherman who nearly drowned backs Personal Flotation Device sea safety campaign

May 21st, 2015|Press Release|

Dougie Brown, 52, from the Isle of Coll, experienced a brush with death after being tossed into the water from his fishing boat on 14th February 2014. Had it not been for his personal flotation device (PFD), and as a weak swimmer, the fisherman would have most certainly died.

Mr Brown, who regularly goes out alone […]

14May 2015

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation comment on provisional landing figures for 2014

May 14th, 2015|Press Release|

Commenting on the provisional statistics published today (14 May) by Scotland’s Chief Statistician that the overall quayside value of sea fish and shellfish landed by Scottish vessels in 2014 increased by 19 per cent and the volume by 31 per cent, Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“Whilst we welcome the fact […]

5May 2015

Discussion session on discard ban with Scots Fisheries Minister at Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015

May 5th, 2015|Press Release|

A question and answer session with Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead on the implications of the landing obligation for Scottish skippers will be held at the forthcoming Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015.

Hosted by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), the open-floor discussion session will enable skippers to hear at first-hand how […]

29April 2015

Aberdeenshire youngsters secure places on new training course for a career in commercial fishing

April 29th, 2015|Press Release|

Following a successful first round of interviews, 10 applicants have secured places to undertake training that will pave the way for a career in commercial fishing.

These successful applicants will now embark upon a three week introductory and safety course in June at the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA), the maritime centre of excellence within North East […]

17April 2015

South Australian government minister meets Scottish fishing leaders to learn about successful fishermen’s services company

April 17th, 2015|Press Release|

A Cabinet Minister of the Government of South Australia met with Scottish fishing industry leaders in Aberdeen today (17 April) to learn how Scotland’s fishermen and the oil & gas sector have benefited through mutual co-operation.

In a meeting facilitated by BP, Geoff Brock, Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, heard at first-hand how the […]

9April 2015

It is not just North Sea cod – other fish stocks are healthy too!

April 9th, 2015|Press Release|

Following on from The Guardian article on 8 April 2015 (see link at the end of article), which reports on the remarkable recovery of North Sea cod stocks, it is worth remembering that a large number of other fish stocks around our coasts are also in a healthy state and being fish sustainably.

But first let’s […]

23March 2015

500 vessel milestone reached by fishermen’s services company

March 23rd, 2015|Press Release|

SFF Services Limited (SFFSL), a commercial division of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF),has passed the important milestone of having utilised 500 different fishing vessels since the turn of the millennium for its operations with other offshore industries.

The work opportunities offered by SFFSL has helped secure the future of Scottish fishing by keeping the fleet viable […]