- 7 Jun 2019
Date received: 8 May 2019
Date responded: 6 Jun 2019
All correspondence, dates & minutes of meetings between SG, Ministers, members or representatives of the fishing industry which have included discussion of Small Isles MPA or the management of fishing within it, between January 2015 & present day.
As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested. An exception under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. This exception is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception
Some of the information you have requested is available from https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/marine-environment/mpanetwork/inshorempas/Management/PMFStakeholder (Note of stakeholder workshop (14 May 2018)): Under regulation 6(1)(b) of the EIRs, we do not have to give you information which is already publicly available and easily accessible to you in another form or format.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House