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Fishing vessel sightings concerning Scotttish waters 2011-2015: EIR release

Published: 24 Feb 2020

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

Published:
24 Feb 2020
Fishing vessel sightings concerning Scotttish waters 2011-2015: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202000016609
Date received: 17 Feb 2020
Date responded: 21 Feb 2020
Information requested

You asked for:

I am looking for fishing vessel sightings data for 2011-2015 for the UK EEZ. Are you able to point me to where I can download this data or able to provide it please?

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.

I enclose a copy of information in relation to sightings in Scottish waters and enclose this in an Excel sheet.

For sightings data relating to the jurisdiction of other UK fisheries administrations you should contact them directly.

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