Our fishermen are the last of Scotland's hunter-gatherers. We are their voice
We are the Scottish White Fish Producers Association.
Formed in 1943, SWFPA is the largest fishing association in Scotland – and in Europe. We represent around 220 vessels and 1,400 fishermen who contribute a collective £158 million to Scotland’s economy.
What We Do
We are the political voice of our members. This means we continually speak to our fishermen – hearing their experiences, concerns, and insights – and then relay those messages to policymakers and other relevant industry figures. This helps facilitate a sustainable fishing sector which works for the environment, for consumers, and for the fishermen.
We judge our industry’s wealth not only by its income but also by the health of its resources. That’s why we are always working to improve the way the seas are managed:
- Safeguarding the abundance and biodiversity of fish stocks
- Providing sensible protection to vulnerable marine ecosystems
- Ensuring that responsible husbandry is rewarded
Scottish seafood is truly exceptional, and we want the world to know it. Our various committees support their members and promote their interests both near and far:
- Shelf Edge/Faroe Committee
- Nephrops Committee
- Inshore Committee
- Scallop Committee
- White Fish Committee
- Mallaig & North-West Committee
Our members are progressive and at the forefront of innovation within our industry, and it’s our job to represent them to the wider community. Our goal is to create and maintain resilient businesses and long-term stability so that our members can plan and act with confidence.
We do this by listening to and engaging with those who operate within the sector, ensuring their welfare and wellbeing are always a priority.
Want to Learn More?
Browse our website to learn more about the SWFPA team and what we do.
If you want to find out more about membership or have any other enquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.