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Financial Support paid to Scottish fish farming industry: EIR release

Published: 29 Jan 2020

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Published:
29 Jan 2020
Financial Support paid to Scottish fish farming industry: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/20/00017
Date received: 27 Dec 2019
Date responded: 28 Jan 2020
Information requested

Details of financial support by way of (i) grants and (ii) loans, paid to the Scottish fish farming industry by the Scottish Government or its agencies for 2018 and 2019, broken down by operator.

Response

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.

Funding for aquaculture businesses is available through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), administered in Scotland by the Scottish Government. The EMFF awards are made to aquaculture businesses to support sustainable economic growth, and the payments in the time period you have asked for have been made to projects to improve staff health and safety, create jobs in rural areas, increase fish welfare, reduce water usage, and to increase shellfish production.
The information you requested is detailed in the table below, and all EMFF awards made to date are published online at: https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/grants-subsidies/awards/EMFFTransparency (with grants less than £25k only online for a limited time after announcement). More information on the scheme can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/cfp/emff_en.
 

 

EMFF Grant payments to Scottish Fish Farms (£)

 

Project Ref

Company name

2018

2019

Total 

SCO1246

Invicta Trout Ltd

0

2,152

2,152

SCO1275

Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd

53,292

0

53,292

SCO1349

Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd

196,088

536,597

732,684

SCO1439

Vementry Aquaculture

121,765

10,020

131,786

SCO1765

Invicta Trout Ltd

3,335

0

3,335

SCO2092

Invicta Trout Ltd

0

1,517

1,517

SCO2098

Invicta Trout Ltd

0

913

913

SCO2171

Highland Salmon Company Ltd

0

33,436

33,436

SCO2297

Selcoth Fisheries Ltd

0

35,000

35,000

SCO2355

Dawnfresh Seafoods Limited

0

55,123

55,123

SCO2216

Kames Fish Farming Ltd

530,649

0

530,649

SCO2411

Selcoth Fisheries Ltd

41,765

0

41,765

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