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Dolphin conservation in the Moray Firth

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Dear Marine Scotland,

I would like to request the following information,

- how many dolphins in The Moray Firth are currently under observation and conservation?
- what is done to protect the dolphins against fishing and pollution issues?
- how much money goes into the conservation and study of the dolphins and other marine life in The Moray Firth?
- what evidence was there that reinforced the importance of the area to be able to receive protection?

I would like to receive your response to my request via an electronic copy,
thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Holly Ryan

Marine Scotland

Thank you for contacting Marine Scotland. We will deal with your enquiry
as quickly as possible.

 

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Marine Scotland

Dear Ms Ryan
FOISA Acknowledgment of request
Thank you for your request dated 22 January 2018 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) and under the Environmental
Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
We received your request on 22 January and will respond in accordance with
FOISA by 19 February 2018.
If you have any queries, please contact me quoting case number
FoI/18/00190.
Best wishes
 
 
Ian Walker
Marine Scotland
Marine Planning & Policy
Area 1A- South
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
0131 244 6568
0131 244 7613
[email address]
 
 
 

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Marine Scotland

Dear Ms Ryan
 
Thank you for your request dated 22 January 2018 under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).
 
Your request
 
You asked for: Information on:-
 
- how many dolphins in The Moray Firth are currently under observation and
conservation?
- what is done to protect the dolphins against fishing and pollution
issues?
- how much money goes into the conservation and study of the dolphins and
other marine life in The Moray Firth?
- what evidence was there that reinforced the importance of the area to be
able to receive protection?
 
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
 
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this
instance the Scottish Government does not hold the information you have
requested.  Therefore we are refusing your request under the exception at
regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs under the terms of which the Scottish
Government is not required to provide information which it does not have. 
The Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested
because Scottish Natural Heritage is responsible for monitoring and
reporting on the condition of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation
and its bottlenose dolphin population.
 
You may therefore wish to contact Scottish Natural Heritage at
[1][email address] who may be able to help you further.
 
Your right to request a review
 
If you are unhappy with this response to your EIRs request, you may ask us
to carry out an internal review of the response, by writing to Graham
Black, Director of Marine Scotland, Area 1B South, Victoria Quay,
Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ, [2]director[Marine Scotland request email] .Your review
request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response, and
should be made within 40 working days from the date when you received this
letter.  We will complete the review and tell you the result, within 20
working days from the date when we receive your review request. 
 
If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the
right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner.  More detailed
information on your rights is available on the Commissioner’s website at:
[3]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR....
 
Best wishes
 
 
 
 
Ian Walker
Marine Scotland
Marine Planning & Policy
Area 1A- South
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
0131 244 6568
0131 244 7613
[email address]
 
 
 

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