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Fisheries Act 1981

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Part IVFish Farming

31Financial assistance

(1)The Ministers may, in accordance with a scheme made by them with the approval of the Treasury, make such grants as appear to them to be desirable for the purpose of reorganising, developing or promoting fish farming in Great Britain.

(2)In this section " fish farming" means the breeding, rearing or cultivating of fish (including shellfish) for the purpose of producing food for human consumption.

(3)A scheme under this section .may be confined to the making of such grants as appear to the Ministers to be requisite for enabling persons to benefit from any Community instrument which provides for the making of grants by a Community institution where such grants are also provided by a member State.

(4)A scheme under this section may extend to the whole of Great Britain, to England, Wales or Scotland only or to any two of those countries.

(5)In this section " the Ministers " means—

(a)in relation to a scheme extending to the whole of Great Britain, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretaries of State respectively concerned with fisheries in Wales and Scotland;

(b)in relation to a scheme extending to England only or to England together with Wales or Scotland, that Minister or, as the case may be, that Minister and the Secretary of State concerned with fisheries in Wales or Scotland;

(c)in relation to a scheme extending to Wales or Scotland only or to both of those countries, the Secretary of State concerned with fisheries in Wales or Scotland or, as the case may be, the Secretaries of State respectively concerned with fisheries in each of those countries ; but a scheme made by two or more Ministers may provide for payments under the scheme to be made by any of them.

(6)A scheme under this section shall be laid before Parliament after being made and shall cease to have effect (without prejudice to anything previously done thereunder or to the making of a new scheme) after the expiration of the period of forty days beginning with the day on which it is made unless within that period it has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(7)In reckoning any period under subsection (6) above no account shall be taken of any time during which Parliament is dissolved or prorogued or during which both Houses are adjourned for more than four days.

(8)Section 17 above shall have effect in relation to a scheme under this section as it has effect in relation to a scheme under Part II of this Act.

32Research, development and advice

(1)The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretaries of State respectively concerned with fisheries in Scotland and Wales may each carry out research and development for the purpose of promoting the breeding, rearing or cultivating of fish (including shellfish) for the purpose of producing food for human consumption.

(2)Each of those Ministers may provide scientific, technical and other advice and instruction on matters relating to the breeding, rearing or cultivating of fish (including shellfish) whether or not for the purpose of producing food for human consumption.

(3)Fees may be charged for any advice or instruction provided under this section.

33Exclusion of offences under conservation legislation

(1)A person shall not be guilty of an offence mentioned in Part I of Schedule 4 to this Act by reason of anything done or omitted by him in the course of fish farming if it is done or omitted under the authority of an exemption conferred by the Minister and in accordance with any conditions attached to the exemption.

(2)The Minister may by regulations confer general exemptions for the purposes of subsection (1) above, and such regulations may—

(a)make different provision for different methods of fish farming and for other different circumstances ; and

(b)specify conditions to which the exemptions are subject.

(3)Regulations under subsection (2) above shall be made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(4)In the application of subsections (1) and (2) above to offences under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975, " the Minister" means, in relation to the area of the Welsh Water Authority, the Secretary of State and, in relation to other areas to which the Act applies, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food ; and in the application of those subsections to offences under enactments relating to sea fishing, " the Minister " means, in relation to England, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and, in relation to Wales or Scotland, the Secretary of State concerned with fisheries in that country.

(5)It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence mentioned in Part II of Schedule 4 to this Act to show that he believed on reasonable grounds that the fish with respect to which the offence is alleged to have been committed were produced by fish farming.

(6)In this section " fish farming " means the breeding, rearing or cultivating of fish (including shellfish) whether or not for the purpose of producing food for human consumption; but the reference in subsection (5) above to fish produced by fish farming does not include fish bred, reared or cultivated in captivity which have later been released to the wild.

34Structures for propagating or cultivating shellfish

In sections 2, 7, 9 and 12 of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 references to a bed for shellfish, a shellfish bed or an oyster bed shall include references to any structure floating on, or standing or suspended in, water for the propagation or cultivation of shellfish or, as the case may be, oysters ; and—

(a)the area of a fishery to which an order under section 1 of that Act relates may, within the limits specified in subsection (1) of that section, include any waters which contain or are to contain any such structure ;

(b)the reference in section 5 of that Act to cultivating the ground for shellfish shall include a reference to cultivating shellfish by means of any such structure.

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