Posted on 2 August 2018
On Thursday 2 August, Lord Duncan – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland – visited Shetland.
The day started with a meeting at Shetland Fishermen’s Association, where they had discussions on fishing matters such as flag vessels, gill netting and the Fisheries white paper.
The Minister then visited Quality Assured (QA) Fish, a seafood processing and sales company in Scalloway. Here he spoke about the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) investment in new fish processing facilities.
Lord Duncan also had a tour of the NAFC marine centre where he had the opportunity to operate their simulator.
He then had a meeting with Carole Laignel from Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation, which manages commercial shellfish fisheries around the coast of Shetland.
He met with Viking Energy to hear about the Viking Energy Project, which seeks to benefit the Shetland economy by generating new jobs and injecting millions of pounds into the economy annually.
Lastly, the Minister visited Shetland Islands Council, where he discussed the Islands Growth Deal, future growth areas, implications of EU Exit and broadband connectivity.