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Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003

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Methods of fishingS

1Methods of fishing: salmonS

(1)Any person who fishes for or takes salmon in any inland waters, except—

(a)by rod and line;

(b)by net and coble; or

(c)subject to subsections (4) and (5) below—

(i)by cruive; or

(ii)in the Solway, by a certificated fixed engine or a haaf net,

shall be guilty of an offence.

(2)Subject to section 25 of this Act, any person who fishes for or takes salmon in any waters in a salmon fishery district other than inland waters except by—

(a)rod and line;

(b)net and coble; or

(c)bag net, fly net or other stake net,

shall be guilty of an offence.

(3)Without prejudice to section 294 (attempts to commit crime) of, and paragraph 10 of Schedule 3 to, the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 46), any person who attempts to commit or who does any act preparatory to the commission of an offence mentioned in this section shall be guilty of an offence, and liable to the same punishment as if that person had committed the offence mentioned.

(4)In relation to cruives—

(a)a right of fishing by cruive may be exercised if, and only if, it was in existence before 10th May 1951; and

(b)if a question arises in any proceedings as to whether any person is entitled to use a cruive it shall be for the person using or seeking to use the cruive to show that that person is, or has the permission of another person who is, so entitled.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (1)(c)(ii) above—

(a)certificated fixed engine” means a fixed engine certificated as privileged under section 5 of the Solway Salmon Fisheries Commissioners Act 1877 (c.ccxl), and if a question arises in any proceedings as to whether any fixed engine is so certificated, it shall be for the person using or seeking to use the fixed engine to show that it is so certificated;

(b)in relation to haaf nets—

(i)a right of fishing by haaf net may be exercised at any location if, and only if, it was in existence before 10th May 1951; and

(ii)if a question arises in any proceedings as to whether a person is entitled to use a haaf net, it shall be for the person using or seeking to use such a net to show that that person is, or has the permission of another person who is, so entitled; and

(c)the Solway” includes the rivers, streams or other watercourses running into the Solway.

(6)A person found guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

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I1S. 1 in force at 1.4.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/174, art. 2

2Methods of fishing: freshwater fishS

(1)Subject to subsections (3) and (4) below, any person who fishes for or takes freshwater fish in any inland waters except by rod and line shall be guilty of an offence, and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(2)Without prejudice to section 294 (attempts to commit crime) of, and paragraph 10 of Schedule 3 to, the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 46), any person who attempts to commit or who does any act preparatory to the commission of the offence mentioned in subsection (1) above shall be guilty of an offence, and liable to the same punishment as if that person had committed the offence mentioned.

(3)In any pond or loch where all the owners are agreed, a right of fishing may be exercised by net.

(4)In any inland waters an owner or occupier may fish for or take freshwater fish, other than trout, by net or trap.

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I2S. 2 in force at 1.4.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/174, art. 2

3[F1Use of landing nets]S

Nothing in section 1 or 2 of this Act shall be construed as prohibiting the use of a [F2knotless non-metallic] landing net [F3(that is, a net the mesh of which is knotless and made of non-metallic material)] as auxiliary to the taking of fish by rod and line.

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I3S. 3 in force at 1.4.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/174, art. 2

[F43AFishing by rod and lineS

(1)For the purposes of this Act, a person shall be treated as fishing for or taking fish by rod and line in the circumstances set out in subsection (2), (3) or (4) only if the condition specified in the relevant subsection is met.

(2)Where a person—

(a)is fishing for or taking salmonids, and

(b)is not doing so from a boat,

the condition is that the person uses a single rod and line and that the rod is being held by the person.

(3)Where a person—

(a)is fishing for or taking freshwater fish other than salmonids, and

(b)is not doing so from a boat,

the condition is that the person uses no more than 4 rods for that purpose at any one time.

(4)Where a person—

(a)is fishing for or taking fish, and

(b)is doing so from a boat,

the condition is that no more than 4 rods are used on the boat for that purpose at any one time.

(5) In this section, “ salmonids ” means all fish of the family Salmonidae. ]

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4Meaning of “rod and line”S

(1)In this Act “rod and line” means F5... rod and line (used otherwise than as a set line or by way of [F6foul hooking]) with such bait or lure as is not prohibited by this section or, in relation to fishing for salmon, under section 33 or 38(5)(b) of this Act [F7or, in relation to fishing for freshwater fish, under section 51A of this Act].

(2)It is prohibited to use [F8live vertebrates,] fish roe, fire or light as bait or lure.

[F9(3)In subsection (1)—

  • foul hooking ” means pointing, or any other method of hooking or attempting to hook a fish other than by inducing the fish to take the hook in its mouth by reason of the bait or lure;

  • set line ” means a fishing line left unattended in water and having attached to it one or more lures or baited hooks. ]

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I4S. 4 in force at 1.4.2005 by S.S.I. 2005/174, art. 2

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