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Environment (Wales) Act 2016

Section 72 – Requirement to include environmental provisions in orders relating to fisheries

277.Section 72 of the Act inserts a new section 5A into the 1967 Act which requires the Welsh Ministers to ensure that an order made under section 1 of the 1967 Act includes any provisions considered appropriate to prevent harm to any EMS or to otherwise protect the marine environment. “Marine environment” is defined by the new section 5A(2). Definitions of “European marine site” and “harm” for these purposes are provided at section 5F(1) of the 1967 Act, inserted by section 75 of the Act.

278.The provisions of the new section 5A will not apply in relation to any shellfishery order made under section 1 of the 1967 Act before Part 5 of the Act comes into force (see section 5F(3) of the 1967 Act, inserted by section 75 of the Act).

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