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Razor Shells (Prohibition of Fishing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Razor Shells (Prohibition of Fishing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 and shall come into operation on 1st January 1999.


2.  In these Regulations–

“the Act” means the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966;

“dredge” means a device with a rigid framed mouth constructed to capture various species of sea fish whilst being towed along the sea bed by a fishing boat;

“Dundrum Bay” means the sea area to the landward side of an imaginary straight line drawn from the Chapel (near Miners' Town, County Down) at Rossglass Bay to Roaring Rock (and thence to the nearest point of mainland);

“razor shells” means any species of the family Solenidae; and

“suction dredging” means the raising from the sea bed of material, fish and shellfish with gear involving the use of a solids pump or air lift, or water jets to dig into the sea bed; and “suction dredge” shall be construed accordingly.


3.  Subject to regulation 4, in Dundrum Bay–

(a)fishing for razor shells by means of any type of dredge or suction dredge by any fishing boat is prohibited; and

(b)retaining razor shells on board any fishing boat which are caught by any type of dredge or suction dredge, is prohibited.


4.  The prohibitions contained in these Regulations shall not apply to–

(a)any person who is not a British citizen;

(b)any person who is operating under the authority of and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a fish culture licence granted under section 11 of the Act; or

(c)any person who is operating under the authority of and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a permit granted under section 14 of the Act.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland on


G. Lavery

Assistant Secretary

23rd November 1998.

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