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Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975

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1(1)Column 2 of the Table below gives a description of the offences against the provisions of this Act specified in column 1 of the Table, and in relation to any such offence—E+W

(a)column 3 shows whether the offence is punishable summarily (that is to say, on summary conviction) or on indictment or either in one way or the other; and

(b)column 4 shows the maximum punishment by way of fine or imprisonment which may be imposed on a person convicted of the offence in the way specified in column 3 (that is to say, summarily or on indictment), any reference in column 4 to a period of years or months being construed as a reference to a term of imprisonment for that period.

(2)A person guilty of an offence against any provision of this Act not specified in the Table shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding [F1level 4 on the standard scale] or, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, [F1level 4 on the standard scale].

(3)A person shall be treated as acting together with another for the purposes of the above Table if both are engaged in committing an offence against section 1 or 27 above, other than one committed by means of a rod and line or without any instrument, or one is aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of such an offence by the other.

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Provision of Act creating the offenceDescription of offenceMode of prosecutionPunishment
(1)(2)(3)(4)
[F2Section 1 ...][F2Fishing with certain instruments for salmon, trout or freshwater fish and possessing certain instruments for fishing for such fish.][F2(a) Summarily ...][F2F3Three months or the statutory maximum or both.]
[F2On indictment ...][F2Two years or a fine of both.]
Section 4 ...Discharging poisonous or injurious matter into waters containing fish or spawn.(a) Summarily ... ... ...£400 and £40 for each day on which the offence continues after a conviction thereof.
(b) On indictment ... ...Two years or a fine or both.
Section 5(1) ...Using explosives, poisons, noxious substances or electrical devices to take or destroy fish.(a) Summarily ... ... ...£200; or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction £400.
(b) On indictment ... ...Two years or a fine or both.
Section 5(3) ...Destroying or damaging dams etc., to take or destroy fish.(a) Summarily ... ... ...£200; or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction £400.
(b) On indictment ... ...Two years or a fine or both.
Section 19(2) ...Fishing for salmon during the annual close season or weekly close time.Summarily ... ... ...[F4F3level 4 on the standard scale]; or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction [F4level 4 on the standard scale].
Section 19(4) ...Fishing for trout during the annual close season or weekly close time.Summarily ... ... ...[F4F3level 4 on the standard scale]; or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction [F4level 4 on the standard scale].
Section 19(6) ...Fishing for freshwater fish during the annual close season for freshwater fish and fishing for eels by means of a rod and line during that season.Summarily ... ... ...[F4F3level 4 of the standard scale]; or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction [F4level 4 on the standard scale].
Section 19(7) ...Fishing for rainbow trout during the annual close season for rainbow trout and fishing for eels by means of a rod and line during that season.Summarily ... ... ...[F4F3level 4 on the standard scale]; or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction [F4level 4 on the standar d scale].
Section 21.Prohibition on use of certain devices at certain times.Summarily ... ... ...[F4F3level 4 on the standard scale]; or in the case of a second or subsequent conviction [F4level 4 on the standar d scale].
[F2Section 27 ...][F2Fishing for fish otherwise than under the authority of a licence and possessing an unlicensed instrument with intent to use it for fishing.][F2(a) If the instrument in question, or each of the instruments in question, is a rod and line, summarily.][F2Level 4 on the standard scale]
[F2(b) in any other case—]
[F2(i)summarily]...[F2F3three months or the statutory maximum or both;]
[F2(ii) on indictment]...[F2Two years or a fine or both.]
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F1Words substituted by virtue of Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c. 48, SIF 39:1), s. 46 and by 1995 c. 40, ss. 3, 7(2), Sch. 1 para. 3(1), Sch. 2 Pt. II it is provided (S.)(1.4.1996) that Sch. 4 para. 1(2) shall have effect as if the maximum fine that may be imposed on summary conviction for the offence mentioned therein were a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale

F2Entry substituted (E.W. and as mentioned in s. 43(4) of the substituting Act (border rivers)) by Salmon Act 1986 (c. 62, SIF 52:2), ss. 35(1)(2), 43(4)

F3By 1995 c. 40, ss. 3, 7(2), Sch. 1 para. 3(1), Sch. 2 Pt. II it is provided (S.) (1.4.1996) that Sch. 4 Pt. I Table shall have effect as if the maximum fine that may be imposed on summary conviction for the offences mentioned therein (offences created under sections 1, 19(2)(4)(6)(7), 21, 27 of this Act) were a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale

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