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Your privacy is important to the Welsh Government and in line with the UK General Data Protection Regulations (UK GDPR) we have developed a Privacy Notice that covers why we collect and use your information. This privacy notice ensures that your personal data will be processed fairly and lawfully and in a transparent manner.


Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our privacy practices and why we collect and process the data collected.

The Welsh Government will be the Data Controller for the personal data you provide us with. The processing is necessary for Welsh Government to fulfill its public task and to exercise its official authority for Marine and Fisheries in Wales. The information we will collect and hold from your application will include your name, address, telephone/mobile number, email address and vessel details.

What do we do with your information?

The purpose of collecting this data is for Welsh Government to provide you with the fisheries licenses, permits and registrations you request from the Welsh Government.

Contact information is required to ensure that you receive up to date information regarding the opening and closing of fisheries and any other important information deemed necessary for the safe management of a sustainable fishery.

Catch Returns are used to assist us in monitoring the fishery in the exercise of our official duty and to provide for the future viability of the fisheries concerned.

Who do we share your information with?

The collected information will be accessible by Welsh Government support service teams. System technical administrators will not use your details in any way.

A data sharing agreement exists between the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Devolved Administrations to support the delivery of statutory functions and national legislation related to the management of fishing activity and associated fisheries enforcement.

Anonymised Catch Return data will be shared with Welsh Government appointed scientific organisations for analysis of patterns and trends to support sustainable fisheries management.

How long will we keep your information?

Welsh Government will only retain your personal data for 5 years in accordance with Welsh Government corporate data retention policy and for the purposes set out in this document.

After this point the collated data will either be deleted or anonymised in line with best practices and used only for statistical and research purposes.

Your rights in relation to your information

Under the data protection legislation, you have the right:

  • to access the personal data the Welsh Government holds on you
  • require us to rectify inaccuracies in that data
  • to (in certain circumstances) object to or restrict processing
  • for (in certain circumstances) your data to be ‘erased’
  • to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who is our independent regulator for data protection

The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office are:

Customer Contact
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Telephone: 01625 545 745 or 0303 123 1113

The Freedom of Information Act and your Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 allow the public to ask to see information held by public bodies, including the Welsh Government. The information you provide us may be the subject of a freedom of information request by another member of the public. We would consult with you to seek your views before responding to such a request.

Changes to this policy

The Welsh Government may make changes to this privacy policy at any time and you will be notified of any changes immediately.

For further information on your information rights:
Data Protection Officer
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ