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Marine Scotland’s use of surveillance aircraft, drones and inflatable boats: FOI release

Published: 11 Feb 2019
Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Published:
11 Feb 2019
Marine Scotland’s use of surveillance aircraft, drones and inflatable boats: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/00103
Date received: 10 Jan 2019
Date responded: 6 Feb 2019
Information requested

 

You asked for information on “how many occasions in each year since its inception has Marine Scotland used (a) surveillance aircraft (b) unmanned aerial vehicles or drones and (c) a rigid hulled inflatable boat for marine compliance purposes”.

Response

 

I enclose a copy of all of the information you requested, at annex A.

 

ANNEX A

Surveillance Aircraft

 

YEAR

FLIGHT DAYS

2009

189

2010

327

2011

295

2012

293

2013

223

2014

178

2015

166

2016

208

2017

173

2018

183

 

Comment: As a result of improved risk based tasking of assets, it has not been necessary to maintain the numbers of surveillance flights.  

 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”)

 

YEAR

FLIGHTS

2015

14

2016

4

2017

4

 

Comment: drones were used regularly in response to a particular fishery issue which no longer requires their use.

 

Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) on independent patrol

 

YEAR

PATROLS

2014

37

2015

38

2016

39

2017

42

2018

49

 

Comment: all boardings of fishing vessels which are not at the quayside will involve RHIBs.  However, these numbers above reflect independent RHIB patrols only.  These are patrols  which have launched out from land themselves, so do not include RHIB launches from a Marine Protection Vessel (MPV) to transfer boarding officers to a fishing vessel.

 

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