FOI reference: FOI/17/02150
Date received: 24 September 2017
Date responded: 23 October 2017
Please provide me with full details of the full calculations that determined the Endrick SAC as a Category 3 for season 2018, this is not limited to but should include calculation of total wetted area including a map of such areas for the Endrick and the total catch return numbers not only from the LLAIA but all the other catch returns from the remainder of the riparian owners of fishing's of the Endrick SAC for seasons 2012 thru to 2016. Factors applied for dry months as the Endrick is a spate river and factors applied for angling pressure i.e. rod days spent fishing.
Please provide me with the details of all Salmon Fishing Riparian owners on the Endrick Water SAC and boundaries of their fishing's (Provide map)
Please provide the submitted catch returns for all years from season 2012 thru to 2016 from all individual Endrick SAC Salmon Riparian owners.
Please provide me with the catch details for the Endrick SAC used in calculations for 2018 proposed categories.
I refer to your request dated 24 September 2017 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs) and the Inspire (Scotland) Regulations 2009 for information relating to categorisation of The River Leven (Dunbartonshire), Loch Lomond and Endrick Water SAC as category 3 for 2018.
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 whether 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.
We do not consider that the Inspire (Scotland) Regulations apply in the case of your request.
1. Part of the answer to your question is set out in the documents published for public consultation on Friday 15 September 2017. You may wish to refer to the links below which set out the types of data used in the modelling process and those which are not, including "rod days spent fishing" (ie angling effort), and a full explanation of the calculations which are used to determine conservation status for each assessment group.
- Conservation of salmon - assessment 2018 season (PDF, 305KB)
- Summary of conservation regulation methods (PDF, 218KB)
- Assessing conservation status of salmon (PDF, 350KB)
- Clyde coast region salmon (PDF, 3.08MB)
In addition, a map of the Endrick Water SAC accompanies this response (Annex A).
Catch information for the Clyde District, which includes the Endrick Water SAC, is set out in the spreadsheets accompanying this letter, for seasons 2012 to 2016 inclusive (Annex B to Annex F).
2 , 3 & 4. The information you have requested is included in the spreadsheets accompanying this letter, for seasons 2012 to 2016 inclusive (Annex B to Annex F).
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House