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10 Miscellaneous provisions as to sea-fishery officers.E+W+S+N.I.

[F1(1)A British sea-fishery officer shall not be liable in any civil or criminal proceedings for anything done in the purported exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 8 or 9 of this Act, section 15 of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 or section 27 of the Fisheries Act 1981, and a foreign sea-fishery officer shall not be liable in any such proceedings for anything done in purported exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 9 of this Act, if the court is satisfied that the act was done in good faith and that there were reasonable grounds for doing it.]

(2)Any person who on any fishing boat within [F2British fishery limits], or on a British fishing boat anywhere outside those limits,—

(a)fails [F3without reasonable excuse] to comply with any requirement imposed, or to answer any question asked, by a British sea-fishery officer under section 8 or 9 of this Act;

(b)prevents, or attempts to prevent, any other person from complying with any such requirement or answering any such question; or

(c)assaults any such officer while exercising any of the powers conferred on him by or by virtue of section 8 or 9 of this Act or [F4wilfully obstructs] any such officer in the exercise of any of those powers;

shall be guilty of an offence.

[F5(2A)Any person who on any vessel within British fishery limits—

(a)fails without reasonable excuse to comply with any requirement imposed, or to answer any question asked, by a British sea-fishery officer under section 27 of the Fisheries Act 1981;

(b)prevents, or attempts to prevent, any other person complying with any such requirement or answering any such question; or

(c)assaults any such officer while exercising any of the powers conferred on him by that section or wilfully obstructs any such officer in the exercise of any of those powers;

shall be guilty of an offence.]

(3)Subsection (2) above shall apply in relation to things done on a British fishing boat anywhere within the convention area outside [F2British fishery limits] by or in relation to a foreign sea-fishery officer who is exercising powers to enforce the provisions of the convention relating to that area as it applies in relation to things done on any fishing boat within those limits by or in relation to a British sea-fishery officer.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable [F6on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £5,000 or on conviction on indictment to a fine.] [F6on summary conviction, or on conviction on indictment, to a fine.]

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C1Ss. 9, 10 applied by Merchant Shipping Act 1988 (c. 12, SIF 111), ss. 25(3), 58(4), Sch. 8 para. 1

S. 10 applied (21.3.1994) by 1993 c. 22, s. 5(9); S.I. 1993/3137, art. 3(1), Sch.1

S. 10 applied (1.1.1996) by 1995 c. 21, ss. 15(9), 316(2) (with s. 312(1))

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