In a previous life I was Secretary of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, so upon election Conservatives in the European Parliament appointed me Fisheries Spokesman.
I sit on the Fisheries Committee (PECH) and strive to give Fishermen a strong voice in Brussels. The biggest challenge in the coming years will be the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and tackling over-fishing by Norway, Iceland and the Faroes.
On this page, you will find out more about some of the issues affecting Scottish fishermen, and what I am doing to provide a strong voice for Scotland on the Fisheries Committee.
Here you will find articles and blogs I have written about issues affecting the fishing industry. I also contribute regular articles to the Fishing News, more information can be found here.
Last week the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee discussed The Multi-annual Plan for Demersal Stocks in the North Sea. Each of the interventions in the debate (and sadly I was the only Scot who spoke) was ‘worthy’. Chief negotiator, Ulrike Rodust, a Socialist from Germany, is no friend of the fishermen’s having previously called for new red tape into the fishing industry, in the form of extra technical measures for the Common Fisheries Policy.READ MORE
Last week the EU set the fish quotas for the coming year and I secured passage of a climate change law through the European Parliament’s Environment Committee which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). Two, seemingly unconnected, events. Or were they?READ MORE
Ian Duncan, has welcomed the results of the annual December Fish quota talks in BrusselsREAD MORE
Conservative Fisheries spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has criticised the EU for buckling to Norwegian demands over access to North Sea fisheries.READ MORE
On the 3rd of August 2016 the European Commission published its plan for fisheries in the North Sea. There is only one flaw. The EU share of North Sea waters are about to shrink by more than half.READ MORE
Most of the key quotas of interest to Scotland are set in the bilateral negotiations between the EU and Norway. The 2016 talks are underway.READ MORE
Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, has warned that the European Commission is limiting increases in the amount of fish that can be caught without the scientific evidence to support such a limit.READ MORE
My piece for ThinkScotland on why the future of UK fisheries management must avoid the failings of the CFPREAD MORE
I spent my summer holidays in an old fishermen’s cottage overlooking Polperro harbour down in Cornwall.READ MORE
Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, has welcomed a new report from the NAFC Marine Centre UHI, which has found that EU vessels catch more than half of the fish landed in the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone.READ MORE
Conservative MEP Ian Duncan has sought to reassure Dr Whiteford that her concern over the EU fishing fund is without foundation.READ MORE
Ian Duncan has sought clarity from Scottish Fishing Minister Fergus Ewing MSP after confusion over the administration of the European Maritime and Fishing Fund (EMFF).READ MORE
The European Commission has been urged to postpone a fisheries management plan for the North Sea, given the UK will no longer be bound by EU rules once the Brexit process has concluded.READ MORE
Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today, which will exclude lifeboat launchers and protect tractors from unworkable EU regulation.READ MORE
The purpose of this paper is to consider whether UK membership of the EU provides an advantage to the UK’s fishing sector.READ MORE
Some photos of the launch of Mike Park's New Direction Report - The Fishing Industries and Relations with Legislators. A comparison between Scotland and Croatia.READ MORE
Peter has already shown himself a ready champion of farmers. In addressing the SNP’s handling of the cod issue he is ready to fight for fishermen. Earlier in the year Peter was campaigning for the dualling of the A90. The Northeast needs a rural champion in Holyrood, and Peter is just the man for the job.READ MORE
Jamie Greene was clear: he will champion the interest of the fishermen of the Clyde. As he said, ‘Someone has to, since it is clear that the SNP has moved on to ‘greener’ pastures.’READ MORE
Back in November I wrote an article on the seemingly never ending repetitious discussions around attempts to regulate deep sea fisheries. I titled the piece, ‘Groundhog Day,’ in honour of the movie in which Bill Murray re-lives the same day over and over and over again. Well, I have just dragged myself from the latest meeting of the European Parliament deep sea negotiators, and it's like déjà vu all over again.READ MORE
Dr Ian Duncan is asking fishermen and farmers to tell him how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can be reformed as part of the Prime Minister´s renegotiation deal.READ MORE
At the end of last year a seafood scandal broke in Brussels. An organisation by the name of Oceana went deep undercover. The organisations operatives gathered DNA samples from 280 fish dishes being offered by Brussels leading restaurants (as well as the canteens of the three EU institutions). The purpose of the investigation was simple: was the fish on the menu actually the fish that arrived on the plate?READ MORE
Exactly what qualifications are needed to take a pleasure craft to sea? And what safety equipment must such a vessel possess to be considered officially seaworthy? I did some digging. The answer was surprising.READ MORE
My Letter to Commissioner Vella on Tuna in British WatersREAD MORE
There are only six Scottish MEP’s, and we can’t always be in the room, but we do have to do our damnedest to ensure that when colleagues represent us at meetings, they do not vote against Scotland’s interests.READ MORE