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Scallop Association Joins SFF

SCOTLAND - Shellfish are topping the menu at the Scottish Fishermens Federation. The Scallop Association has joined the organisation, giving welcome boost to the Federation's ranks.

The move will be formally announced tomorrow at Glasgow's Fishing 2008 exhibition and it brings the number of constituent associations in SFF to nine. The Federation says it underlines the organization's premier status as Scotland’s only cross-sector representative for the country’s fishing industry.

Bertie Armstrong, SFF chief executive is delighted that the Scallop Association recognises the benefits of being part of the SFF.

“The scallop sector is an extremely important part of the fishing industry, which has signalled its commitment to responsible fishing and sustainable development,” he added.

Sensible Move

John Hermse, secretary of the Scallop Association, said the decision to join SFF made sense. It will enable the scallop sector to take advantage of the Federation's expertise in protecting the interests of the fishing industry at both national and European level.

“It will provide a much more co-ordinated representation for the scallop industry and will ensure our voice is heard at the highest level,” he added.

He said that a number of major issues are affecting the scallop sector, and a priority for this year is to investigate ways of minimising its environmental footprint. The Association will also be heavily involved in the consultation process for the new Scottish Fisheries Scallop Strategy that is currently being developed.

The Scallop Association has around 80 members a further 15 scallop processors and two divers are also listed in its membership.