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Fisheries (Tagging and Logbook) Byelaws (Northern Ireland) 2001

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Tagging of wild salmon and sea trout

3.—(1) Any person, who is licensed pursuant to byelaws made under the Act to use a fishing engine to fish for wild salmon or sea trout who captures and retains a wild salmon or sea trout, shall, in the manner set out in paragraphs (2) and (3), affix or cause to be affixed to it an appropriate gill tag.

(2) A gill tag shall be affixed to a wild salmon or sea trout by inserting it through the mouth of the fish to emerge from the gill opening and fully securing it using the locking mechanism so that it cannot be removed from the fish without tampering with the lock, breaking or cutting the tag or without cutting or tearing any part of the fish.

(3) Any wild salmon or sea trout captured by—

(a)a drift net shall be tagged, in accordance with paragraph (2), as soon as is practicable after capture, but before it is removed from the boat on which it was caught;

(b)a draft net, bag net, fixed tidal draft net, tidal draft net, salmon boxes, hand line or rod and line shall be tagged, in accordance with paragraph (2), immediately on landing the fish.

(4) In this Byelaw “an appropriate gill tag” means—

(a)in a case where the wild salmon or sea trout was captured by drift netting, a red gill tag;

(b)in a case where the wild salmon or sea trout was captured by rod and line or hand line, a blue gill tag;

(c)in a case where the wild salmon or sea trout was captured by bag net, fixed tidal draft net, tidal draft net or salmon boxes, an orange gill tag;

(d)in a case where the wild salmon or sea trout was captured by a draft net, other than a draft net mentioned in sub-paragraph (c), a green gill tag;

and which, in each case, meets the requirements set out in paragraph (5).

(5) The requirements mentioned in paragraph (4) are that—

(a)the gill tag has the current calendar year marked on it;

(b)the gill tag has the letters “FCB” marked on it;

(c)the gill tag bears a tag number entered in a logbook issued under these Byelaws to the holder of the fishing licence by whom or whose behalf the salmon or sea trout was captured;

(d)the gill tag shall not be damaged or altered in any respect; and

(e)the details marked on the gill tag shall be legible.

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