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REF: 149 - Stylised salmon coastal fishings

Request:

1. A copy of all style dispositions used by the Crown Estates and Crown Estates Scotland for the grant of the crowns right, title and interest to the fishings for salmon and fish of the salmon kind in the sea around the coasts of Scotland from 1945 to date including any changes to the styles relating in particular to any restrictions, conditions or provisions to which the grant of the fishings was made subject to.

2.  A copy of all style leases used by the Crown Estates and Crown Estates Scotland for the lease of the crowns right, title and interest to the fishings for salmon and fish of the salmon kind in the sea around the coasts of Scotland from 1945 to date including any changes to the styles relating in particular to any restrictions, conditions or provisions to which the lease of the fishings was made subject to.

Alternatively:

3. Extracts from any documents, policy decisions, minutes of Crown Estates and Crown Estates Scotland Commissioners or any executive comminute minutes or any other such documents, wherein it shows the terms of any restrictions, conditions or other provisions which should be imposed on the grant or lease of the fishings for salmon and fish of the salmon kind in the sea around the coasts of Scotland from 1945 to date.

Response:

1. The organisation does not have any copies of old proformas for coastal salmon fishing dispositions. Generally, our retention policy is that superseded proformas are destroyed. However, I am supplying some copies of completed dispositions that we have records for. One copy of the disposition for each year a coastal fishing sale was completed that we still have records of (1949, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1981, 1989, 1990 through to 1999, 2003, and 2004). The redactions in ‘red’ are because that information contains personal information.

2.The organisation does not have copies of every proforma used for lease agreements for coastal salmon fishing, due to our retention policy of not keeping superseded versions. However, a few proformas were found in the search that escaped our retention policy and are enclosed. Similar to the process with dispositions, I have included copies of completed leases that we have records for. Covering the years: 1958, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970,1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995. The record ends at 1995 because the organisation has a policy not to lease any remaining coastal salmon fishing rights for operational netting and are keeping those areas vacant. The redactions in ‘red’ are because that information contains personal information

3.Crown Estate Scotland became a separate organisation from The Crown Estate, with our own governing Board, on 1 April 2017; we do not have copies of Board minutes that would show the changes in policy decisions relating to coastal salmon fishing. If the information we are providing is not sufficient it might be worthwhile for you to submit a request for Board minutes to The Crown Estate (https://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/en-gb/freedom-of -information/). I would suggest that you also research the archives at National Records of Scotland as some historical files were previously transferred there related to coastal salmon fishing rights. I believe they are in the CR10 series, there could also be other information there which you will find of use. We have recently published a Less Than Market Policy (enclosed) which will apply to all our dealings. Due to our overriding conservation policy it has not been used for any coastal salmon fishing netting rights as we do not have any sales or letting agreements planned or in place. During the search of our records I did find some historical references to policy decisions and such information that may assist you with your query.   The black redactions is information that does not fit into the scope of your request for information (e.g. does not relate to coastal salmon fishings)