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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:

Working to improve the perception of the fishing industry, attracting new entrants and ensuring professional standards of training and safety.

Since 1973

Our Members

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.

Associated Organisations

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.

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