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Scottish fishing farm industry financial support: EIR release

Published: 12 Mar 2021

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

Published:
12 Mar 2021
Scottish fishing farm industry financial support: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202000100758
Date received: 20 Oct 2020
Date responded: 17 Nov 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 2019 and up to 20 October 2020, broken down by operator.

Response

As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the 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 can confirm that the information published in FOI 2019/0442 and EIR 2020/00017, is correct. However, request 2019/0442 was dealt with by our EMFF Team (under FOISA), and 20/00017 by our Aquaculture Policy Unit (under EIRs), resulting in a slightly different presentation of data. Response 2019/0442 included information not held by the Scottish Government but sought from Scottish Government agencies, while response 2020/00017 provided only information held by the Scottish Government, as there is no requirement under the EIRs to seek and issue information from other parties that we do not hold.

For the period 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019

This information is in the response to EIR 2020/00017 at https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-20-0017/. Under the terms of the exception at 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, as detailed in Annex A.

For the period 1 January 2020 to 20 October 2020

Scottish Government (SG) support

Scottish Aquaculture and Innovation Centre (SAIC)
The table below shows payments to SAIC since FOI 2019/0442 https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-19-00442/ was published:

Date

£

04/05/2020

£42,991.82

05/05/2020

£291,834.00

05/05/2020

£200,720.00

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
Grant awards to the fin fish farming industry from the EMFF can be found at https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/grants-subsidies/awards. The table below updates the information given in both FOI 2019/0442 and EIR 2020/00017, broken down by operator:

Project

Ref

Company

2018

2019

2020

Total

SCO1246

Invicta Trout Ltd

0

2,152

0

2,152

SCO1275

Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd

53,292

0

0

53,292

SCO1349

Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd

196,088

536,597

60,145

792,830

SCO1439

Vementry Aquaculture

121,765

10,020

0

131,785

SCO1765

Invicta Trout Ltd

3,335

0

0

3,335

SCO2092

Invicta Trout Ltd

0

1,517

0

1,517

SCO2098

Invicta Trout Ltd

0

913

0

913

SCO2171

Highland Salmon Company Ltd

0

33,436

0

33,436

SCO2216

Kames Fish Farming Ltd

530,649

0

0

530,649

SCO2297

Selcoth Fisheries Ltd

0

35,000

0

35,000

SCO2355*

Dawnfresh Seafoods Limited

0

55,123

19,132

74,255

SCO2411

Selcoth Fisheries Ltd

41,765

0

0

41,765

SCO2633

Dawnfresh Seafoods Limited

0

0

168,600

168,600

* Shellfish Handling/conditioning facility & packing station project

Other Agencies

We do not hold details of any financial support given by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) or Nature Scot (formerly known as Scottish Natural Heritage). An exception under regulation 10(4) (a) of the EIRs (information not held), applies to this information, as detailed in Annex A.

As per the EIRs, I can direct you to agencies which hold relevant data. Nature Scot has informed me that it holds no relevant data, However, SEPA did not confirm that it holds no data, and if you wish you may contact the agency directly at: https://www.sepa.org.uk/contact/contact-us-by-email/.

I note you have made the same request directly to Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise (SE) (covering the Scottish Investment Bank), and these agencies will respond to you directly. However, as HIE copied its 28 October response to you to the Scottish Government, and I attach it at Annex B. That request asked for details of salmon farming businesses only, so if you also wish details of trout farming businesses, you can contact HIE directly at https://www.hie.co.uk/contact/.

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