The aim of the Association is to promote and protect the interests of the Scottish pelagic fishing fleet by:
Supporting the sustainable fishing of pelagic stocks;
Maximising the fishing opportunities available to members;
Ensuring that members are allowed to partiipate equitably in international fisheries;
Placing strong emphasis on safety, training and quality.
Derek Duthie, chief Executive: Derek joined the Association in 1998. Brought up in the village of Gardenstown with strong family connections within the fishing industry, Derek held a variety of management positions in banking before leaving to join the Association. He is a Chartered Banker and holds a BSc in Marine Resource Management (Marine & Fisheries Management) from University of Aberdeen.
Derek is chairman of the North East Fishermen's Training Association and, the Northern Pelagic Working Group of EAPO, a European lobby group. He is also a member of the Pelagic Regional Advisory Council and a director of Seafood Scotland and the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group.