Highly Protected Marine Areas: EIR release
- Marine Scotland Directorate
- Part of
- Public sector
Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
Whether Marine Scotland has considered whether HPMAs will cause greater environmental damage to the areas remaining open to fishing, prior to launching their consultation?
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.
Marine Scotland has considered your request. Please find a copy of the information you have
requested within the two documents enclosed with our response:
- Sustainability Appraisal Invite to Tender; and
- Screening and Scoping Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment.
Some of the information you have requested can be found at Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: sustainability appraisal - gov.scot (www.gov.scot). Under 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.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
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- 62 page PDF
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- 811.7 kB
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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