Obstruction of officers

18.—(1) Any person who—

(a)fails without reasonable excuse to comply with any requirement imposed by a British sea‑fishery officer under the powers conferred on such officers by article 14 or 15;

(b)without reasonable excuse prevents, or attempts to prevent, any other person from complying with such requirement; or

(c)obstructs any such officer in the exercise of the powers conferred by article 14, 15 or 16,

is guilty of an offence.

(2) Any person guilty of an offence under paragraph (1) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum; or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine.