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Safety, Training and Catch Quality


The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) employs a Safety Officer who attends a number of MCA committees and keeps a ‘weather eye’ on all proposed legislation affecting the fleet. Each of the constituent Associations of the SFF, including SPFA, has a seat on the SFF Marine Safety Training and Personnel Committee which, along with a panel of experts drawn from the industry, guides SFF safety policy.

George W Anderson and Ian Gatt represent SPFA on the committee.



North East Fishermen’s Training Association Limited (NEFTA) is run by fishermen for the benefit of fishermen and fishing communities. NEFTA facilitates multi-disciplinary training for fishermen working on a diverse and modern fleet of vessels. Fishing remains crucially important to our coastal communities and the training and equipping of personnel is essential if the industry is to enjoy future prosperity.

NEFTA runs an SVQ Level 2 (Skill Seekers) course for new entrants and also co-ordinates various mandatory safety train¬ing for fishermen including; Basic Sea Survival, Basic Fire Fighting, Basic First Aid and Safety Awareness. Seafish approved certificates are awarded on completion of the courses.

NEFTA member organisations include; The Scottish White Fish Producers Association, Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association and the Fishsalesmen’s Association (Scotland). Alex Wiseman, George R West and Ian Gatt presently sit on the board on behalf of SPFA.

Further information on the full range of NEFTA training can be found at www.nefta.info


Shetland Fisheries Training Association (SFTA)

The Shetland Fisheries Training Association (SFTA) is based within NAFC Marine Centre, Scalloway, Shetland. A wide range of training and education is provided by the Centre, through the Shetland School of Nautical Studies in areas which meet the future needs of the maritime industries including training of fishermen, fish farmers and seafarers of all descriptions, training for Merchant Navy officers and engineers and training in general engineering.

SFTA Training Co-ordinator, Caroline Hepburn is available to offer support and guidance to new entrants and existing fishermen wishing to undertake additional training leading to under 16.5 metre Skipper Tickets as well as MCA Certificate of Competency courses. SFTA also provides coaching towards Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme accreditation and advice on risk assessment issues.

Further information can be found at www.nafc.ac.uk


The Scottish Seafood Training Partnership (SSTP) is a partnership of seven Scottish Group Training Associations and Seafood Scotland formed in 2008. Its stated objective is “to contribute towards the continued safety and wellbeing of the Scottish seafood sector and its dependent communities by delivering access to value for money training and support”.

The Partnership entered into an 18 month contract with Seafish for the delivery of training to the Scottish seafood catching and processing sectors running until March 2010.

The partnership has also commissioned a short study on the best approach and methods to attract new entrants into the Scottish Seafood industry due to report May 2009.


Catch Quality

Seafood Scotland is a trade organisation set up in 1999 by the main representatives of the Scottish seafood industry to market, promote and develop responsibly caught Scottish seafood in order to maximise the value return to industry. Seafood Scotland also acts as delivery partner for Seafish in Scotland.

The organisation works closely with all sectors of the Scottish seafood supply chain, from catching and processing, through to retail, food service and consumption, and encourages and facilitates those sectors to cooperate together.

Seafood Scotland undertakes quality work on vessels, and in harbours, markets and processors. It also assists seafood businesses with strategic development, new product development, marketing and PR, and commissions a number of studies each year to help establish new markets for Scottish seafood products. Seafood Scotland provides support to the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group.

SPFA is a member organisation of Seafood Scotland.

Further details of Seafood Scotland can be found at www.seafoodscotland.org