Statutory ‘good governance’ obligations are placed on District Salmon Fishery Boards as defined in law by section 46 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.
They comprise of the original obligations placed on Boards by the 2003 Act together with those introduced through amendments of the 2003 Act by the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013 which comes into force on the 16th September 2013.
The purpose of the obligations is to enhance openness, transparency and accountability of the management of salmon fisheries by District Salmon Fishery Boards. They bring together existing best practice to ensure that all Boards act in a manner consistent with bodies operating in the public sphere.
Key activities covered by these obligations include:
- Annual Reports and Accounts
- Meetings of the Board
- Complaints Procedures
- Register of Members Interests
In line with our general policy to be as open as possible about the way we conduct our business, the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board has produced a ‘General Voting Procedure’. This procedure will be reviewed on an annual basis, with a view to determining whether it is meeting local needs.
The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board has developed a ‘Data Handling Policy‘ to help ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. GDPR is a new EU regulation that comes into force on 25th May 2018 and together with the Data Protection Act 2018 will replace the existing Data Protection Act 1998. It has come about as a result of the need for consistency across the EU in applying data protection law. The general aim is to strengthen the rules around the protection of personal data and to make organisations more accountable and transparent for their handling of data.
Freedom of Information Requests
The Ness DSFB policy on responding to Freedom of Information request under Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (‘EISR’) can be found at this link.
This page of our website, together with our news page, has been created to allow us to best meet our obligations with regard to openness, transparency and accountability. If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact our Director.