The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is an industry organisation set up in 1973 to preserve and protect the interests of the fishermen within the membership of its Constituent Associations.
Five decades on from our formation, much has changed in Scotland’s fishing sector and the environment that it operates in — but the work of SFF continues, and our objective is to help the industry be well positioned for the decades ahead.
SFF represents fishermen working in all of Scotland’s main commercial fisheries – for whitefish, pelagic and shellfish species – and vessels within the membership of our constituent Associations range from small inshore vessels to large offshore trawlers, reflective of the wide range of fishing activities in Scottish waters.
We are based in Aberdeen, but our Constituent Associations are spread across much of Scotland’s coastline.
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation is focused on:
Promoting and protecting the collective interests of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation constituent associations.
Supporting production of healthy and sustainable wild-caught seafood, ensuring a sustainable future for the industry and our marine environment.
Advancing the reputation of fishing by championing responsible practice in meeting a growing demand for healthy, climate-smart food.
Improving fishing safety through supporting and promoting professional standards of training and compliance with safety standards.
Showing fishing as a positive career choice – one with a viable and positive future.
SFF has eight Constituent Associations — some of these bodies have memberships drawn from a particular geographical area, while others represent specific fisheries. Together, they cover all fleet segments and all of the main Scottish fisheries.
Pride in the Seas - Capturing the soul of Scotland's fishing industry
Pride in the Seas serves as a celebration of the people and their passion for an industry that is intrinsic to the fabric of Scottish coastal life.
Dr Steven Mackinson
Willie John McLean
Dr Paul Macdonald
Subsidiaries of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation; SFF Services and Marine Environmental Solutions provide a range of vessel, personnel and environmental services to the offshore energy industries – oil and gas, offshore renewables, subsea cabling, decommissioning, and telecoms.