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The Foyle Area (Control of Oyster Fishing) Regulations 2008

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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2008 No. 298

Fisheries

The Foyle Area (Control of Oyster Fishing) Regulations 2008

Made

10th July 2008

Coming into operation

31st July 2008

The Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission, with the approval of the North/South Ministerial Council, makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 13(1) of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952(1) and section 13(1) of the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952(2) and now vested in it(3).

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Foyle Area (Control of Oyster Fishing) Regulations 2008 and shall come into operation on 31st July 2008.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations—

“the defined mouth” in relation to any river means the mouth of that river as defined by regulations made under the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952 and the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952;

“dredge” means a towed device used for the collection of molluscs from the seabed;

“oyster” means a bivalve mollusc of the species Ostrea Edulis;

“oyster fishing licence” means a licence issued in accordance with the Foyle Area (Licensing of Oyster Fishing) Regulations 2008;

“Lough Foyle” means those waters in the Foyle Area bounded on the north or seaward side by an imaginary straight line drawn between Greencastle Fort in the County of Donegal and the Martello Tower at Magilligan Point in the County of Londonderry and bounded on the south by the defined mouth of the River Foyle;

“the River Foyle” means all of the River Foyle upstream of the defined mouth of the River Foyle;

“seaward of Lough Foyle” means those waters in the Foyle Area which lie seawards of an imaginary straight line drawn between Greencastle Fort in the County of Donegal and the Martello Tower at Magilligan Point in the County of Londonderry and of the defined mouth of the Culdaff River.

Exception

3.  These Regulations do not apply to any person who is operating under the authority of, and in accordance with, an aquaculture licence granted under section 52A of the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952 or section 53A of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952.

Restriction on oyster fishing

4.  A person shall not use for the purpose of taking or with intent to take oysters any dredge in any area within the Foyle Area —

(1) which is within any area specified in an aquaculture licence granted under section 52A of the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952 or section 53A of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952; or

(2) during any period of suspension declared in relation to that area under regulation 9.

Control of oyster fishing in the Foyle Area

5.—(1) No dredge with a blade width exceeding 2 metres shall be used for the purpose of taking or with intent to take oysters.

(2) No more than two dredges with an aggregate blade width exceeding 4 metres shall be carried on any vessel for the purpose of taking or with intent to take oysters with the exception of a fishing boat proceeding to or from waters upstream of the defined mouth of the River Foyle or seaward of Lough Foyle.

(3) No dredge shall be used for the purpose of taking or with intent to take oysters on any day between 18.00 hours and 06.00 hours.

(4) No dredge shall be used for the purpose of taking or with intent to take oysters during the period beginning at 18.00 hours on any Friday and ending at 06.00 hours on the next following Monday.

(5) No dredge shall be used for the purpose of taking or with intent to take oysters during the period beginning on 1st April and ending on 18th September next following (both dates inclusive).

Restriction on size

6.  No person shall retain on board a vessel, within the Foyle Area, any oysters which will pass through a circular ring of 75mm in internal diameter.

Return of oysters

7.  Any person who takes any oyster, the retention of which on board a vessel is prohibited under regulation 6, shall immediately return it, without avoidable injury, as near as possible to the place from which it was taken.

Numbering of vessels

8.—(1) A person shall not use a vessel for the purpose of oyster fishing in any part of the Foyle Area unless the requirements set out in paragraph (2) are met.

(2) The requirements are—

(a)the number of the oyster fishing licence in which the vessel is named shall be displayed with distinct figures on each side of the bow and no vessel shall have displayed on its bow more than one such licence number;

(b)such figures shall be not less than 15 centimetres in height and not less than 2.5 centimetres in breadth;

(c)such figures shall be displayed in white on a black background using materials capable of withstanding the marine environment; and

(d)such figures shall not be effaced, covered or obscured in any manner whatsoever.

Suspension of fishing

9.—(1) If the Commission is satisfied that it is necessary or expedient for the conservation and protection of oysters it may declare fishing for oysters in any part of the Foyle Area suspended for such period as may be specified in the declaration.

(2) A declaration made under paragraph (1) shall be made by certificate under the hand of the Chief Executive or such other officer of the Commission authorised by the Chief Executive for that purpose and shall be published in one or more newspapers circulating in the Foyle Area.

(3) A declaration made under paragraph (1) shall give the reasons for the declaration.

(4) Any period of suspension declared under paragraph (1) shall not take effect until 48 hours after the publication of the declaration.

Given under the Seal of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission on 10th July 2008.

Legal seal

R.J.D Anderson

Chief Executive of the

Loughs Agency

Approved by the North/South Ministerial Council on 10th July 2008.

T Hanney

Joint Secretary of the

North/South Ministerial Council

M Bunting

Joint Secretary of the

North/South Ministerial Council

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations provide for the control of oyster fishing within the Foyle Area.

They provide for the introduction of size limit of oysters that may be retained. They also provide for a daily fishing period, weekly fishing periods and annual close season for the taking of wild oysters, and prohibit the fishing of oysters in areas specified in aquaculture licences granted by the Commission.

These Regulations also provide for a vessel named in an oyster fishing licence to display a licence number and allow the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission to declare a period of suspension of oyster fishing in order to conserve and protect stocks.

(1)

Legislation of the Republic of Ireland

(3)

S.I. 1999/859 Article 21(1)

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