Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands fish farming and aquaculture meetings: EIR release

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


Information requested

“All documents relating to meetings with regards to fish farming/ aquaculture that Ms Gougeon has taken part in since her appointment to this position. This should include, face to face meetings as well as remote or telephone meetings.”

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.

Response to your request

We are happy to enclose some documents relating to some engagements that fall within the scope of your request. These are outlined in the table below. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exceptions under regulations 10(4)(a) (information not held), 10(4)(d) (incomplete material), 10(4)(e) (internal communications) & 10(5)(f) (third party interests) of the EIRs apply to that information. The reasons why these exceptions apply are explained in the Annex to this letter.

Below is a table summarising meetings relating to aquaculture that the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands has taken part in since her appointment, as well as the release decision for associated documents identified in the course of searching for information relating to these meetings. The date range considered for this query was 20 May 2021 to 26 November 2021.

Number

Date

Participants

Release Decision

1

10/06/2021

Salmon Scotland, formerly SSPO

Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

2

15/06/2021

Marine Scotland

Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

3

17/06/2021

Fisheries Management Scotland

Regulation 10(4)(a) Information Not Held exception

 

4

 

13/07/2021

Colonsay Community Development Company, Colonsay Community Council and Mowi

Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

5

14/07/2021

Shetland Fisherman's Association, North Atlantic Fisheries College

Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

6

24/08/2021

Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

7

09/09/2021

British Trout Association

Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

8

29/09/2021

Aquagen

Partial release/Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

9

13/10/2021

Gael Force Group

Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

10

25/10/2021

Professor Russell Griggs

Release

11

03/11/2021

Salmon Scotland, formerly SSPO

Partial release/Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

 

12

 

16/11/2021

 

Coastal Communities Network

Regulation 10(4)(d) Incomplete materials/Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception

 

13

 

25/11/2021

 

Organic Sea Harvest

Regulation 10(4)(e) Internal Communications exception/ Regulation 10(5)(f) Third Party Interests exception

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