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1Before the Secretary of State makes a protection order he shall require a person from whom he has received proposals under section 1(3)(a) of this Act to give notice in such form as the Secretary of State may direct—
(a)stating the general effect of those proposals ;
(b)naming a place or places where a copy of the proposals and any map accompanying the proposals may be inspected free of charge at all reasonable hours; and
(c)specifying the time (not being less than 28 days from the date of the first publication of the notice) within which, and the manner in which, representations or objections with respect to the proposals may be made.
2The notice to be given under paragraph 1 above shall be given by publication in the Edinburgh Gazette and in such number of such newspapers as the Secretary of State may direct.
3The Secretary of State may direct that, in addition to publication of the notice as required by paragraph 2 above, a copy or copies of it shall be affixed by a person duly authorised in writing by the Secretary of State to some conspicuous object or objects on the banks of any waters to which the proposals relate or of such other waters as the Secretary of State may direct and at such number of places as he may direct.
4If no representations or objections are duly made, or if any so made are withdrawn, the Secretary of State may make a protection order.
5(1)If any representation or objection duly made is not withdrawn, the Secretary of State may, after considering the same, forthwith make a protection order or may cause a local inquiry to be held.
(2)The Secretary of State shall appoint a person to hold the inquiry and to report thereon to him.
(3)Notification of the time when and the place where the inquiry is to be held shall be sent to any person who has duly made and has not withdrawn representations or objections to the proposals, and shall be published in such newspaper or newspapers as the Secretary of State may direct.
(4)The person appointed to hold the inquiry may, on the motion of any party thereto or on his own motion, serve a notice in writing on any person requiring him to attend at the time and place set forth in the notice to give evidence or to produce any books or documents in his custody or under his control which relate to any matter in question at the inquiry ;
(i)no person shall be required in obedience to such a notice to attend at any place which is more than ten miles from the place where he resides unless the necessary expenses are paid or tendered to him ; and
(ii)nothing in this sub-paragraph shall empower the person appointed to hold the inquiry to require any person to produce any book or document or to answer any question which he would be entitled, on the ground of privilege or confidentiality, to refuse to produce or to answer if the inquiry were a proceeding in a court of law.
(5)The person appointed to hold the inquiry may administer oaths and examine witnesses on oath and may accept, in lieu of evidence on oath by any person, a statement in writing by that person.
(6)Any person who refuses or wilfully neglects to attend in obedience to a notice under sub-paragraph (4) above or to give evidence or who wilfully alters, suppresses, conceals, destroys, or refuses to produce, any book or document which he may be required to produce by any such notice shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £20 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 months.
(7)The Secretary of State may make orders as to the expenses incurred by him in relation to the inquiry (including such reasonable sum as he may determine for the services of the person appointed to hold the inquiry) and as to the expenses incurred by the parties to the inquiry and as to the parties by whom such expenses shall be paid.
(8)Any order of the Secretary of State under sub-paragraph (7) above requiring any party to pay expenses may be enforced in like manner as a recorded decree arbitral.
6After considering the report of the person appointed to hold the inquiry in pursuance of paragraph 5 above and any representations or objections which were duly made, the Secretary of State may make a protection order.
7As soon as may be after a protection order has been made—
(a)the Secretary of State shall publish the making of the order in the Edinburgh Gazette and in such number of local newspapers circulating in the area to which the order relates as he thinks fit; and
(b)a person duly authorised in writing by the Secretary of State or a warden shall affix and maintain a copy or copies of the order and such other notice as the Secretary of State may consider necessary of the incidence of the order to some conspicuous object or objects, at such places as the Secretary of State may direct, on the banks of any waters to which the order relates or elsewhere.
8Paragraph 7 above shall apply to an order varying a protection order as it applies to a protection order.
9(1)Before the Secretary of State makes an order revoking a protection order, he may by notice make such publication as he thinks fit of the general effect of the proposed revocation and specify a time within which, and the manner in which, representations or objections with respect to the proposed revocation may be made.
(2)The Secretary of State may cause a copy or copies of the notice referred to in sub-paragraph (1) above to be affixed by a person duly authorised by him in writing to some conspicuous object or objects on the banks of such waters at such places as the Secretary of State may direct.
(3)If no representations or objections are duly made, or if any so made are withdrawn, the Secretary of State may make the order revoking the protection order.
(4)If any representation or objection duly made is not withdrawn, the Secretary of State may forthwith make the order or may cause a local inquiry to be held.
(5)Sub-paragraphs (2) to (8) of paragraph 5 above shall apply in relation to an inquiry under this paragraph as they apply in relation to an inquiry under that paragraph, but as if in sub-paragraph (3) of that paragraph for the word " proposals" there were substituted the words
(6)Paragraphs 6 and 7 above shall apply in relation to an order revoking a protection order as they apply in relation to a protection order, but as if in paragraph 6 for the reference to paragraph 5 above there were substituted a reference to this paragraph.
10The Secretary of State shall cause to be published each year a list of prescribed areas which are the subject of protection orders.
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|The Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1868 (c. 123).|
|Section 15(1)||Fishing for salmon in annual close season, other than by rod and line.||Summarily.||£100.||£200.||—|
(a) Fishing in weekly close time (other than by rod and line).
(b) Fishing on Sundays by rod and line.
(c) Contravention of any bye-law relating to weekly close time.
|Section 15(3)||Fishing for salmon by rod and line during close season contrary to bye-law provisions.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|Section 15(4)||Using a net with a mesh contrary to bye-law provisions.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|Section 15(5)||Using a net to catch salmon at falls etc.||Summarily.||£100.||£200.||—|
|Section 15(6)||Preventing the passage of or catching salmon at fish passes.||Summarily.||£100.||£200.||—|
|Section 15(8)||Contravention of any bye-law.||Summarily.||£100.||£200.||—|
|Section 18||Buying, selling or possessing salmon roe.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|Section 19||Buying, selling or possessing young salmon; disturbing spawn etc.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|Section 20||Buying, selling, taking or possessing unclean or unseasonable salmon.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|Section 21||Buying or selling or having in possession salmon taken in close season.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|Section 23||Failing to remove boats, nets, etc. in close season.||Summarily.||£100.||£200.||—|
|Section 24||Failing to observe weekly close time arrangements for nets.||Summarily.||£100.||£200.||—|
|The Freshwater Fish (Scotland) Act 1902 (c. 29).|
|Section 1||Fishing for or having possession of trout in close season.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|The Trout (Scotland) Act 1933 (c. 35).|
|Section 2||Purchase or sale of trout under 8 inches or between 1st September and 31st March.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|The Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Protection) (Scotland) Act 1951 (c. 26).|
|Section 1 .||Fishing for salmon without legal right or written permission.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
|Section 2||Fishing by illegal methods.||Summarily.||£100.||£200.||—|
|Section 3 ......||Illegal fishing by two or more persons acting together.|
(b) On indictment.
|£200 or 3 months imprisonment.||£400 and/or 6 months imprisonment.||Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment.|
|Section 4||Use of explosives, poisons and electrical devices.|
(b) On indictment.
|£200 or 3 months imprisonment.||£400 and/or 6 months imprisonment.|
Unlimited fine and/or 2 years imprisonment.
|Section 6||Unauthorised removal of dead salmon or trout.||Summarily.||£100.||£200.||—|
|Section 10(6)||Obstruction of a water bailiff, constable etc.||Summarily.||£100 and/or 3 months imprisonment.||£100 and/or 3 months imprisonment.||—|
(a) Fishing for salmon in the weekly close time (other than by rod and line).
(b) Fishing for salmon on Sundays by rod and line.
|Section 15(2)||Refusing or neglecting to provide statistics.||Summarily.||£100.||£100.||—|
|Section 16||Contravention of regulations relating to the packing of salmon and trout.||Summarily.||£50.||£100.||—|
1In the Solway Act 1804
(a)section I (imposition of close time);
(b)section II (requirement to remove boats, etc.);
(c)section XI (selling fish out of season, and having fish in possession);
(d)section XV (regulation of size of mesh of nets).
2In the Tweed Fisheries Act 1857—
(a)section XLV (prohibition against use of any pout net or net during close season);
(b)section LXXII (requirement to return unclean fish to river);
(c)section LXXIV (prohibition against destruction of spawn or fry).
3In the Tweed Fisheries Amendment Act 1859—
(a)section VI (offence of fishing in close season);
(b)section X (offence of having in possession during close season salmon taken or caught in the river) ;
(c)section XI (boats, nets etc. to be removed in close season);
(d)section XIII (prohibits drawing or using in the river nets with mesh less than prescribed size).
4Section 3 of the Salmon Acts Amendment Act 1863 (export of unclean salmon, or salmon caught during certain times, prohibited).
5In the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1868—
(a)section 15(1) (fishing for salmon in close season other than by rod and line);
(b)section 15(2) (fishing for salmon in weekly close time);
(c)section 15(4) (fishing for salmon with a net having a mesh contrary to any byelaw);
(d)section 20 (buying, selling, taking or possessing unclean or unseasonable salmon);
(e)section 21 (buying, selling, exposing for sale or having in possession salmon taken in close season);
(f)section 23 (boats, nets etc., to be removed in close season).
6In the Freshwater Fish (Scotland) Act 1902, section 1 (fishing for or having possession of trout in close season).
7In the Trout (Scotland) Act 1933, section 2 (purchase or sale of trout under 8" or between 1 September and 31 March).
8In the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Protection) (Scotland) Act 1951—
(a)section 2 (fishing for salmon and freshwater fish by illegal methods);
(b)paragraphs (b) and (c) of section 4 (prohibition against using poisons and electrical devices for destruction of fish);
(c)section 13 (fishing for salmon in weekly close time).
9In the Solway Act 1804, section II (requirement to remove boats, etc.).
10In the Tweed Fisheries Amendment Act 1859, section XI (boats, nets, etc. to be removed in close season).
11In the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1868, section 23 (boats, nets, etc. to be removed in close season).
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