Powers of inspectors and offences
Section 9 – Powers of inspectors: entry
26.Subsection (1) of section 9 provides that an inspector may enter any fish farm or shellfish farm for the purpose of ascertaining whether any power conferred on the inspector under Part 1 of the Act should be exercised and for the purpose of the inspector doing anything in pursuance of the exercise of that power. Subsection (2) requires an inspector entering a fish farm or shellfish farm under the power of entry bestowed by subsection (1) to produce evidence of the inspector’s authority to act as an inspector, namely the authorisation to act as an inspector given by the Scottish Ministers (see the definition of the term “inspector” given in section 12 (Interpretation: Part 1) for the purposes of Part 1). Subsection (3) requires that any power of entry conferred on an inspector by or under Part 1 of the Act must be exercised at a reasonable hour, unless the inspector considers the case is an urgent one.
Section 10 – Entry: supplementary
27.Subsection (1) of section 10 applies section 10 to any inspector exercising any power of entry conferred on that inspector by or under Part 1 of the Act. Subsection (2) provides that such an inspector may take with that inspector any other persons and any equipment and vehicles which the inspector considers necessary. Subsections (3) and (4) provide that an inspector may require reasonable assistance to be provided to the inspector by the person who carries on the business of fish farming or shellfish farming; by any other person appearing to the inspector to be under the direction or control of the person who carries on the business of fish farming or shellfish farming; and by any other person who appears to that inspector to be concerned with the operation of the fish farm or shellfish farm. Section 11(1) (Offences: general) makes it an offence to fail to comply with a requirement imposed by an inspector under subsection (3) of section 10.
Section 11 – Offences: general
28.Subsection (1) of section 11 provides that it is an offence for a person to fail, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a requirement imposed by an inspector by virtue of Part 1 of the Act or to obstruct an inspector in the exercise of the inspector’s powers under that Part. Accordingly, this is the provision which makes it an offence for a person to fail to comply with a requirement imposed by an inspector under section 1(5) (Information about fish farms and shellfish farms) and section 10(3) (Entry: supplementary).