Encouraging youngsters into fishing

20th April 2015

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is gearing up for Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 29 30 May 2015 where it will be promoting the themes of safety and promoting career opportunities for youngsters in fishing.

New safety rules and encouraging youngsters into fishing will be key SFF themes The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is gearing up for Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen 2015 where it will be promoting the themes of safety and promoting career opportunities for youngsters in fishing.

Derek Cardno, SFF Safety Officer, said: “We expect to have the information on STCW-F very shortly and the SFF will be briefing the industry on its implications and the steps that need to be taken to ensure compliance.”

The SFF, who are a show sponsor, believes that it is essential to attract more youngsters into fishing if the future of the industry is to be secured. This is why it has launched with its partners Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Maritime Academy (SMA) a new ground-breaking initiative in Aberdeenshire schools. The new scheme involves youngsters being offered introductory training at the SMA followed by work placement on a fishing vessel, with the option to go on a specially designed two-year Modern Apprenticeship course afterwards.

As part of the initiative, a small number of specially invited Aberdeenshire school leavers who have expressed a real interest to participate in this training, will visit the expo to learn more about the scheme and also see at first hand the diversity of the fishing industry. Meanwhile, the SFF will also be promoting key safety at sea issues at the Expo – including new information on the European STCW-F initiative, which aims to standardise rules. The UK is currently not covered by these regulations, but it will be shortly, and there will be significant implications for the Scottish fishing industry and how it operates.

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