Scottish Fishermen’s Trust
The Scottish Fishermen’s Trust was established in 2000 by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF). Its objectives are:
- The advancement of education as regards the marine environment of the United Kingdom;
- The advancement of education of those engaged or to be engaged in fishing activities in the seas around the United Kingdom;
- The advancement of health and the saving of lives in relation to those engaged or to be engaged in fishing activities in the seas around the United Kingdom;
- The advancement of science and the heritage and culture of the United Kingdom as regards the protection, preservation and stewardship of the marine environment, promotion of the conservation of marine living organisms and preservation of the marine ecology and biodiversity of the seas around the United Kingdom; and
- The advancement of environmental protection and improvement including the sustainability of marine living organisms as regards the seas around the United Kingdom.
Awards made in 2013 took the aggregate sum awarded to eligible projects since the Trust was formed over the £600k mark. This included the largest single award to date in support of the SFF’s initiative to provide Scottish fishermen with a personal floatation device (lifejacket), a project also generously supported by the Scottish Government, the European Fisheries Fund and the UK Fisheries Offshore Oil and Gas Legacy Trust.
A number of science and conservation projects received assistance from the Trust in the past year including contributions towards; mackerel tagging initiated by the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, NAFC Marine Centre training in otolith processing and a lobster dual v-notching scheme run by Orkney Fisheries Association.
2013 also saw encouraging levels of interest from active fishermen for Trust support for upgrading their deck officer and engineering qualifications, undertaking FishSAFE unit training and enhancement of stability records for fishing vessels involved in guard vessel work.
The Trust has attracted donations from the oil and gas industry as well as the Federation’s subsidiary marine services company.