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The Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures and Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2009

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Admissibility in evidence of logbooks and other documents

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20.—(1) Any—

(a)logbook kept under Article 6, 17.2 or 28c;

(b)declaration submitted under Article 8.1, 11, 12, 17.2 or 28f;

(c)effort report completed under Articles 19b and 19c;

(d)sales note submitted under Article 9;

(e)document drawn up under Article 13; or

(f)document containing required information received by a fisheries monitoring centre established under Article 3.7,

of Regulation 2847/93(1) is, in any proceedings for a relevant offence, to be received in evidence without being produced or sworn to by any witness and is, unless the contrary is shown, conclusive evidence as to the matters stated therein.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), “required information” means data relating to—

(a)a fishing boat’s identification;

(b)the most recent geographical position of the fishing boat expressed in degrees and minutes of longitude and latitude; and

(c)the date and time of the fixing of that position,

as communicated via a satellite-based vessel monitoring system established under Article 3.1 of Regulation 2847/93.

(3) Any logbook, declaration, report or other document kept on board or held in pursuance of Article 30 of the Council Regulation is, in any proceedings for an offence under article 7(1) or (2), or under any equivalent provision made for the purposes of implementing a Community quota measure or a Community third country fishing measure, proceedings in respect of which were brought in Scotland by virtue of section 30(2A) of the Fisheries Act 1981(2), to be received in evidence without being produced or sworn to by any witness and is, unless the contrary is shown, conclusive evidence as to the matters stated therein.

(1)

O.J. No. L 261, 20.10.93, p.1.

(2)

1981 c.29; section 30(2A) was inserted by S.I. 1999/1820.

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