- 13 Sep 2019
Date received: 1 Sep 2019
Date responded: 12 Sep 2019
You asked for all information or licences granted to stock non-native species into inland waters over the past 5 years.
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.
1. I enclose a copy of the information you requested covering stocking from 1 April 2019 to 1 September 2019.
2. The rest of the information you have requested (stocking consent issued from July 2014 to March 2019) is available from our website at https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Licensing/fishintros/introduction/Consents
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House