Shetland Fishermen’s Association promotes the interests of over 100 members, mainly in the political arena: in local government, and in parliament and central government in Edinburgh and London.
It has three sub-committees representing pelagic, white fish and small boat interests, and policy is formulated by an annually-elected executive committee. The SFA chairman and staff are tasked with ensuring the committees have the advice and information they require to make decisions; they also represent the organisation and advance its policies in a wide range of different settings.
The SFA pursues training opportunities for established and prospective fishers at NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway and operates a group life assurance scheme on behalf of its members.
The organisation has a well-developed relationship with Shetland Islands Council. Working together on national bodies and in international organisations, they are able to demonstrate that changes to regulations can have an impact not only on the industry but on the wider community.