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Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data for 49F1, 49F2, 50F1 and 50F2: EIR release

Published: 15 Dec 2020

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

15 Dec 2020
Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data for 49F1, 49F2, 50F1 and 50F2: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202000095157
Date received: 1 Oct 2020
Date responded: 13 Oct 2020
Information requested

The following VMS fishing data:
• ICES Rectangles 49F1, 49F2, 50F1 and 50F2 for all of 2018, all of 2019 & Jan-Sep 2020;

If available, the following fields would be useful:
• Gear type
• Nationality
• Length
• Tonnage
• Activity
• Speed


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.

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