FOI reference: FOI/17/02083
Date received: 18 September 2017
Date responded: 13 October 2017
You asked for all information held by Marine Scotland on the escape from the fish farm Etive 6, operated by Dawnfresh, on 18 August 2017, including all correspondence or other communications to or from Dawnfresh.
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.
Please find enclosed copies of the information requested. 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 an exception under regulation 11(2) (personal data) of the EIRs applies to that information. The reasons why that exception(s) applies are explained below.
Reasons for not providing information
An exception under regulation 11(2) of the EIRs (personal information) applies to a small amount of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. The data in question has been redacted from that supplied. This exception is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House