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The Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2004

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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2004 and shall come into force on 14th February 2004.

(2) This Order shall remain in force until 30th April 2004.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), this Order extends to Scotland and the Scottish zone only.

(4) Insofar as it extends beyond Scotland and the Scottish zone, it does so only as a matter of Scots law.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order–

“the Council Regulation” means Council Regulation (EC) No. 850/98 of 30th March 1998 for the conservation of fishery resources through technical measures for the protection of juveniles of marine organisms(1) as corrected by Corrigendum to Annex XII of the Council Regulation(2) and amended by Council Regulation (EC) No. 308/1999(3), Council Regulation (EC) No. 1459/99(4), Council Regulation (EC) No. 2723/99(5), Council Regulation (EC) No. 812/2000(6), Council Regulation (EC) No. 1298/2000(7), Council Regulation (EC) No. 724/2001(8), and Council Regulation (EC) No. 973/2001(9);

“creel” means a basket, small cage, pot, receptacle or container with one or more openings or entrances, which may be baited and is placed on the seabed for the purpose of catching shellfish and crustacea;

“ICES statistical rectangle” followed by numerals with a letter shall be construed as a reference to whichever of the statistical sub-areas and divisions of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea(10) is identified therein by those numerals and that letter;

“scallop dredge” means an appliance with a rigid framed mouth which is towed through the water and is manufactured, adapted, used or intended for use for the purpose of fishing for king scallops of the species Pecten maximus;

“Scotland” has the same meaning as in section 126(1) of the Scotland Act 1998(11);

“trawl” means a demersal trawl, Danish seine or similar towed net.

(2) For the purposes of this Order a trawl shall be deemed to have been used for the purpose of fishing for Norway lobsters (Nephrops norvegicus) if the catch retained on board that boat complies with the conditions laid down with respect to towed gears of mesh size range 70 to 79 millimetres in Annex I of the Council Regulation.

Prohibited methods of fishing

3.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), fishing for sea fish by any method, by any Scottish fishing boat or any relevant British fishing boat, within the area comprising that part of the Scottish zone contained within–

(a)that part of ICES statistical rectangle 39E4 which lies to the east of the peninsula of Kintyre and to the north of a straight line between 55°18'18" North, 05°38'50" West, and 55°00'30" North, 05°09'24" West; and

(b)that part of ICES statistical rectangle 39E4 which lies to the north of a straight line between 55°17'57" North, 05°47'54" West and 55°00'00" North, 05°21'00" West and to the south of a straight line between 55°18'18" North, 05°38'50" West and 55°00'30" North, 05°09'24" West,

is prohibited.

(2) The prohibition in paragraph 3(1)(a) shall not apply to any fishing boat that fishes with–

(a)a scallop dredge;

(b)a creel; or

(c)a trawl used for fishing for Norway lobsters.

(3) The prohibition in paragraph 3(1)(b) shall not apply to any fishing boat that fishes with–

(a)a scallop dredge; or

(b)a creel.

Powers of British sea-fishery officers in relation to fishing boats

4.—(1) For the purposes of the enforcement of this Order, a British sea-fishery officer may exercise in relation to–

(a)any Scottish fishing boat wherever it may be; and

(b)any relevant British fishing boat within the Scottish zone,

the powers conferred by this article.

(2) The officer may go on board the boat, with or without persons assigned to assist with the duties of the officer, and for that purpose may require the boat to stop and do anything else which will facilitate the boarding of the boat.

(3) The officer may require the attendance of the master and other persons on board the boat and may make any examination and inquiry which appears to the officer to be necessary for the purpose mentioned in paragraph (1) and, in particular–

(a)may examine any fish on the boat and the equipment of the boat, including the fishing gear, and require persons on board the boat to do anything which appears to the officer to be necessary for facilitating the examination;

(b)may require any person on board the boat to produce any document relating to the boat, to its fishing operations or other operations ancillary thereto or to the persons on board which is in the custody or possession of that person and may take copies of any such document;

(c)for the purposes of ascertaining whether the master, owner or charterer of the boat has committed an offence under section 5(1) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 as read with this Order, may search the boat for any such document and may require any person on board the boat to do anything which appears to the officer to be necessary for facilitating the search; and

(d)where the boat is one in relation to which the officer has reason to suspect that such an offence has been committed, may seize and detain any such document produced to the officer or found on board for the purpose of enabling the document to be used as evidence in proceedings for the offence,

but nothing in sub-paragraph (d) shall permit any document required by law to be carried on board the boat to be seized and detained except while the boat is detained in a port.

(4) Where it appears to a British sea-fishery officer that a contravention of this Order has taken place the officer may–

(a)require the master of the boat in relation to which the contravention took place to take, or the officer may take, the boat and its crew to the port which appears to the officer to be the nearest convenient port; and

(b)detain or require the master to detain the boat in the port.

(5) Where the officer detains or requires the detention of a boat under this article the officer shall serve on the master a notice in writing stating that the boat will be or is required to be detained until the notice is withdrawn by the service on the master of a further notice in writing signed by a British sea-fishery officer.

Revocations

5.  The Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2003(12) and the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Amendment Order 2003(13) are hereby revoked.

ALLAN WILSON

Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh

12th February 2004

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