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Fisheries Act 1981

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Schedule 1The Sea Fish Industry Authority

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1The Authority shall be a body corporate.

2Except as provided in sections 2(5), 3(6) and 16(1) of this Act the Authority shall not be regarded as acting on behalf of the Crown and neither it nor its members, officers or servants shall be regarded as Crown servants.

Members

3A member of the Authority shall hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of the instrument under which he is appointed ; but a person shall not hold office as a member of the Authority for more than three years under any one appointment.

4A member of the Authority may resign by a notice in writing to any of the Ministers.

5The Ministers may terminate the appointment of a member of the Authority if they are satisfied that—

(a)in a period of six months beginning not more than nine months previously he has, without the consent of the other members of the Authority, failed to attend the meetings of the Authority ;

(b)he is an undischarged bankrupt or has made an arrangement with his creditors or is insolvent within the meaning of paragraph 9(2)(a) of Schedule 3 to the Conveyancing and Feudal Reform (Scotland) Act 1970 ;

(c)he is by reason of physical or mental illness or for any other reason incapable of carrying out his duties ; or

(d)he has been convicted of such criminal offence, or his conduct has been such, that it is not in the Ministers' opinion fitting that he should remain a member.

6A person who ceases or has ceased to be a member shall be eligible for re-appointment.

7The Ministers shall pay to the members of the Authority such remuneration and allowances as they may with the approval of the Minister for the Civil Service determine.

8The Ministers may, with the approval of the Minister for the Civil Service—

(a)pay or make arrangements for the payment of pensions,

superannuation allowances or gratuities to or in respect of any person who is or has been a member of the Authority ;

(b)pay compensation to any person who ceases to be a member of the Authority otherwise than on the expiry of his term of office where the Ministers consider that there are special circumstances making it right that compensation should be paid.

9It shall be the duty of the Ministers to satisfy themselves from time to time that the persons appointed under section 1(3) of this Act continue to have no such financial or commercial interests as are there mentioned; and any such person shall, when requested by the Ministers so to do, furnish to them such information as they may reasonably require for the performance of that duty.

10In Part II of Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 and Part II of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 (bodies of which all members are disqualified under those Acts) there shall be inserted at the appropriate place in alphabetical order— The Sea Fish Industry Authority

Officers and servants

11(1)The Authority may make arrangements for providing pensions, superannuation allowances or gratuities to or in respect of any of its officers or servants ; and such arrangements may include the establishment and administration, by the Authority or otherwise, of one or more pension schemes.

(2)If an officer or servant of the Authority becomes a member of the Authority and was by reference to his employment by the Authority a participant in a pension scheme maintained by it for the benefit of its officers or servants—

(a)the Authority may determine that his service as a member shall be treated for the purposes of the scheme as service as an officer or servant of the Authority whether or not any benefits are to be payable to or in respect of him by virtue of paragraph 8 above ; but

(b)if the Authority determines as aforesaid, any discretion as to the benefits payable to or in respect of him which the scheme confers on the Authority shall be exercised only with the consent of the Ministers given with the approval of the Minister for the Civil Service.

Proceedings

12The quorum for meetings of the Authority shall be determined by the Ministers and where any business falls to be transacted by a meeting attended only by members appointed under section 1(3) of this Act a separate quorum may be determined for such meetings.

13If at any meeting of the Authority the votes are equally divided on any question, the person acting as chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.

14The validity of any proceedings of the Authority shall not be affected by any vacancy among the members or by any defect in the appointment of a member.

15(1)If a member of the Authority has any pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, in any contract or proposed contract and is present at a meeting of the Authority at which the contract is the subject of consideration, he shall at the meeting, as soon as practicable after the commencement thereof, disclose the fact and shall not take part in the consideration or discussion of, or vote on any question with respect to, the contract.

(2)A general notice given in writing by a member of the Authority to the officer designated by it for the purpose to the effect that he is a member or director or in the employment of a specified company or other body, or that he is a partner or in the employment of a specified person, shall, unless and until the notice is withdrawn, be deemed to be a sufficient disclosure of his interest in any contract or proposed contract relating to that company or other body or to that person which may be the subject of consideration after the date of the notice.

(3)Any disclosure made under sub-paragraph (1) above shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting at which it is made ; and any notice given under sub-paragraph (2) above shall be recorded in a book to be kept for the purpose.

16(1)For the purpose of assisting the Authority in the discharge of its functions the Authority may appoint committees consisting of or including persons who are not members of the Authority.

(2)The Authority may defray the reasonable expenses incurred in the execution of their duties by members of such committees who are not members of the Authority.

17Subject to paragraphs 12 to 16 above and section 16(2) of this Act, the Authority may regulate its own procedure.

Execution of instruments etc.

18The application of the common seal of the Authority to any document shall be attested by at least one member of the Authority and by the person for the time being acting as secretary to the Authority.

19Any document purporting to be a document duly executed or issued under the seal of the Authority or on behalf of the Authority shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to be a document so executed or issued.

Schedule 2Sea Fish Industry Levies

1At least twenty-eight days before making any regulations under section 4 of this Act the Authority shall cause to be published in the London Gazette, the Edinburgh Gazette and the Belfast Gazette and in such other manner as it thinks best adapted for informing persons affected, a notice of the Authority's intention to make the regulations—

(a)specifying the place whtere the draft regulations may be inspected and copies obtained and the price (being a price approved by the Ministers) at which copies will be supplied; and

(b)stating that the Authority is prepared to receive and consider any objection to the proposed regulations which may be made to the Authority in writing within such period after the date of the publication of the notice, not being less than twenty-eight days, as may be specified in the notice;

and the Authority shall, before making the regulations, take into consideration any such objection so made to them before the end of the period specified in the notice.

2When submitting any regulations to the Ministers the Authority shall transmit to them any objection to the regulations which has been duly made to the Authority and has not been withdrawn, and the Ministers shall consider any objections so transmitted to them.

3The order confirming any regulations shall set out the regulations ; but before making any such order the Ministers may, after holding such inquiries (if any) as they think fit, make such modifications in the regulations as they may, after consultation with the Authority, consider desirable ; but if they decide to make any modifications they shall cause notice of the modifications to be published in such manner as they think best adapted for informing persons, affected.

Schedule 3White Fish Authority and Herring Industry Board : Consequential Provisions

General

1On the date of the coming into force of section 13(1) of this Act (" the transfer date ") all rights, obligations and property of the White Fish Authority and the Herring Industry Board (" the existing bodies") shall become rights, obligations and property of the Authority.

Staff and pensions

2The rights and obligations transferred by paragraph 1 above include rights and obligations under contracts of employment with the officers and servants of the existing bodies ; and in determining for the purposes of pension or redundancy the length of service of any person who by virtue of that paragraph becomes an officer or servant of the Authority his service with either of the existing bodies shall be treated as if it had been service with the Authority.

3(1)Any pension scheme maintained by either of the existing bodies immediately before the transfer date shall on and after that date be treated as a scheme established by the Authority under paragraph 11 of Schedule 1 to this Act.

(2)The Ministers may, with the approval of the Minister for the Civil Service, pay pensions, superannuation allowances or gratuities to or in respect of former members of either of the existing bodies.

Schemes of financial assistance

4(1)Any scheme in force immediately before the transfer date under section 44 or 45 of the Sea Fish Industry Act 1970 shall on and after that date have effect as if it were a scheme made under Part II of this Act which the Ministers have required the Authority to administer under section 16(1) of this Act.

(2)The Authority shall in accordance with section 16(2) of this Act discharge the functions exercisable under any such scheme by either of the existing bodies.

(3)Where by virtue of any such scheme or of any scheme previously in force under the said section 44 or 45 (or any enactment replaced by either of those sections) any sum would, apart from this Act, be payable on or after the transfer date by or to either of the existing bodies it shall instead be payable by or to the Authority.

Levies

5(1)The provisions of—

(a)any regulations in force immediately before the transfer date under section 6 or 17 of the said Act of 1970 imposing a levy payable to the White Fish Authority;

(b)so much of any scheme then in force under section 31 of that Act as relates to the imposition of a levy by the Herring Industry Board ; and

(c)so much of any direction then in force under section 55 of that Act as relates to the treatment for levy purposes of any substance or article capable of being produced wholly or partly from either white fish or herring or both,

shall on or after that date have effect as if contained in regulations made and confirmed under section 4 of this Act and references to the Authority shall be substituted for any reference in those provisions to either of the existing bodies.

(2)Any sums on account of levy under any regulations or schemes that have ceased to be in force before the transfer date and which, apart from this Act, would be payable to either of the existing bodies shall be payable to the Authority.

Lending limit

6For the purposes of subsection (2) of section 7 of this Act sums lent by the Ministers or any of them to either of the existing bodies shall be treated as lent to the Authority under that section.

Accounts

7The Authority shall on behalf of each of the existing bodies prepare a statement of accounts in respect of any time intervening between the end of the period dealt with by the last audited accounts of that body and the transfer date; and that statement shall be audited and reported on as in the case of the statement of accounts prepared by the Authority under section 11 of this Act.

Other statutory functions

8(1)As from the transfer date the functions of the White Fish Authority and the Herring Industry Board under—

(a)section 31(12) of the Harbours Act 1964 (consultation on objections to ship, passenger and goods dues); and

(b)rule 124 of the Fishing Vessels (Safety Provisions) Rules 1975 (appointment of inspectors and surveyors), are transferred to the Authority, and those enactments are amended as follows.

(2)In section 31(12)—

(a)for "the White Fish Authority or the Herring Industry Board " there is substituted

the Sea Fish Industry Authority; and

(b)for " the Authority or as the case may be the Board " there is subsituted " the Authority ".

(3)In rule 124—

(a)for " the Sea Fish Industry Act 1970 " there is substituted the Fisheries Act 1981

(b)for " the White Fish Authority or the Herring Industry Board " in the first place where those words occur, there is substituted

the Sea Fish Industry Authority

and in the second place where they occur, there is substituted

or the Sea Fish Industry Authority.

(4)Anything which when this paragraph comes into force is in process of being done under section 31(12) by or in relation to the White Fish Authority or the Herring Industry Board may be continued by or in relation to the Authority; and any appointment under rule 124 made by either of those bodies before this paragraph comes into force shall have effect as if made by the Authority so far as is necessary for continuing its effect.

Schedule 4Exemptions for Fish Farming

Part IOffences to Which Section 33(1) of This Act Applies

Offences under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975

1Any offence under section 2(2)(a) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975 (taking, killing or injuring, or attempting to take, kill or injure, unclean or immature fish).

2Any offence under section 3 of that Act (restriction on shooting or working seine or draft net in certain waters and prohibition on use of certain nets).

3Any offence under section 5(1) of that Act (prohibition on use of explosives, poison or electrical devices to take or destroy fish) relating to the use of a noxious substance or electrical device, and any offence under section 5(4) of that Act relating to the possession of such a substance or device.

4Any offence under section 19 of that Act (fishing for, taking or killing or attempting to take or kill fish during close seasons or close times).

5Any offence under section 27 of that Act (fishing for or faking fish without a licence or possession of equipment with intent to use it for an unlicensed purpose).

6Any offence under section 28(7) of that Act (infringement of byelaws) consisting of a contravention of a byelaw made for a purpose mentioned in any of the following paragraphs of Schedule 3 to that Act—

(a)paragraph 21 or 25 (descriptions of nets and other instruments which may be used for taking fish and restrictions on their use);

(b)paragraph 23 or 24 (restrictions on carrying of certain nets);

(c)paragraph 26 (taking or removing fish from water without lawful authority);

(d)paragraph 28 (taking fish of less than prescribed size).

Offences relating to sea fishing

7Any offence consisting of a contravention of a byelaw made under section 4 of the Sea Fisheries (Scotland) Amendment Act 1885 (byelaws prohibiting or regulating methods of fishing).

8Any offence under section 6(1) of the Herring Fishery (Scotland) Act 1889 (prohibition on beam or otter trawling in certain areas) and any offence consisting of a contravention of a byelaw made under section 7(1) of that Act (power to prohibit beam or otter trawling in certain other areas).

9Any offence under section 1 of the Trawling in Prohibited Areas Prevention Act 1909 of landing fish caught by beam or otter trawling within a prohibited area.

10Any offence consisting of a contravention of a byelaw made under section 5 of the Sea Fisheries Regulation Act 1966 (byelaws for the regulation of sea fishing).

11Any offence under section 17 of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 of taking an edible crab or landing a lobster in a condition prohibited by subsection (1) or (3) of that section.

12Any offence under section 1(1) or (3) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 (landing or carrying fish smaller than prescribed size).

13Any offence under section 3(5) of that Act (contravention of order regulating nets and gear).

14Any offence under section 4(3) or (9A) of that Act (contravention of order prohibiting fishing without licence and failure to return to sea fish caught in contravention of such a prohibition).

15Any offence under section 4A(3) of that Act (contravention of order prohibiting trans-shipment of fish without licence).

16Any offence under section 5(1) or (6) of that Act (contravention of order prohibiting fishing and failure to return to sea fish caught in contravention of such a prohibition).

17Any offence under section 6 of that Act (landing or trans-shipping fish in contravention of order).

Part IIOffences to which section 33(5) of this Act Applies

Offences relating to freshwater fish and salmon

18Any offence under section XI of the Solway Act 1804 (possessing, selling or offering or exposing to sale certain fish out of season, and certain fish at any time).

19Any offence under section LXXIV of the Tweed Fisheries Act 1857 of wilfully selling, purchasing or possessing smolt, fry, or young brood or spawn.

20Any offence under section X of the Tweed Fisheries Amendment Act 1859 (possession during close season of fish taken or caught in river, and selling or offering for sale or exchange fish caught between 15th September and 14th February).

21Any offence under section 3 of the Salmon Acts Amendment Act 1863 (exporting or entering for export unclean or unseasonable salmon and salmon caught at a time when their sale is prohibited).

22Any offence under section 20 of the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1868 of buying, selling, exposing for sale or having in possession unclean or unseasonable salmon.

23Any offence under section 21 of that Act (buying, selling, exposing for sale or having in possession salmon taken in close season).

24Any offence under section 1 of the Freshwater Fish (Scotland) Act 1902 of having possession of trout in close season.

25Any offence under section 2 of the Trout (Scotland) Act 1933 (purchase, sale, exposing or consigning for sale, export or consigning for export trout under 8" or between 1st September and 31st March).

26An offence under section 2(2)(b) of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975 (buying, selling, exposure for sale or possession of unclean or immature fish or parts of such fish).

27Any offence under section 22(1) of that Act (buying, selling, exposure for sale or possession for sale of fish at prohibited times of year).

28Any offence under subsection (3) of section 23 of that Act of entering for export or exporting fish contrary to subsection (1) of that section (unclean fish and fish caught at a time when their sale is prohibited).

Offences relating to sea fishing

29Any offence under section 1 of the Trawling in Prohibited Areas Prevention Act 1909 of selling fish caught by beam or otter trawling within a prohibited area.

30Any offence under section 16 of the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 (sale, exposure for sale, buying for sale or consignment for the purpose of sale of oysters at prohibited times of year).

31Any offence under section 17(1) of that Act of possessing, selling or offering for sale, buying for sale or consigning for the purpose of sale an edible crab in a condition prohibited by that subsection.

32Any offence under section 17(3) of that Act of selling, exposing or offering for sale, or possessing for the purpose of sale a lobster in a condition prohibited by that subsection.

33Any offence under section 1(2) of the Sea Fisheries (Conservation) Act 1967 (selling, exposing or offering for sale, or possessing for the purpose of sale fish smaller than the prescribed size).

34Any offence under section 2 of that Act (possession for use in the course of a business of fish prohibited from being sold under section 1(2) of that Act).

Schedule 5Repeals

Part IWhite Fish Authority and Herring Industry Board

ChapterShort TitleExtent of Repeal
1970 c. 11.The Sea Fish Industry Act 1970.The whole Act except sections 14, 42 and 62.
1972 c. 11.The Superannuation Act 1972.In Schedule 4, the entry relating to the White Fish Authority. In Schedule 6, paragraph 79.
1973 c. 3.The Sea Fish Industry Act 1973.The whole Act.
1975 c. 24.The House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975.In Part II of Schedule 1, the entries relating to the Herring Industry Board, the White Fish Authority and the committee constituted under section 2 of the Sea Fish Industry Act 1970.
1975 c. 25.The Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975.In Part II of Schedule 1, the entries relating to the Herring Industry Board, the White Fish Authority and the committee constituted under section 2 of the Sea Fish Industry Act 1970.
1976 c. 86.The Fishery Limits Act 1976.In Schedule 1, paragraph 4. In Schedule 2, paragraph 18.
1980 c. 35.The Sea Fish Industry Act 1980.The whole Act.

Part IIMiscellaneous

Chapter or numberTitleExtent of Repeal
48 Geo. 3. c. 110.The Herring Fishery (Scotland) Act 1808.Section 48. Section 50. Section 57.
55 Geo. 3. c. 94.The Herring Fishery (Scotland) Act 1815.Section 41.
1 & 2 Geo. 4. c. 79.The White Herring Fishery (Scotland) Act 1821.Section 5.
45 & 46 Vict. c. 78.The Fishery Board (Scotland) Act 1882.Section 5(3).
7 Edw.7.c.41.The Whale Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1907.The whole Act.
12 & 13 Geo. 5. c. 34.The Whale Fisheries (Scotland) Amendment Act 1922.The whole Act.
24 & 25 Geo. 5. c. 49.The Whaling Industry (Regulation) Act 1934.In section 17(2) the words " the Whale Fisheries (Scotland) Acts 1907 and 1922, and of".
S.R.& O.1937 No. 628.The Whaling Industry (Sperm Whales) Order 1937.The whole Order.
1967 c. 84.The Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967.

In section 22(2) the words "and

Wales". Section 23(1).

1968 c. 77.The Sea Fisheries Act 1968.Section 7(1)(e) and (f). Section 16.
1976 c. 86.The Fishery Limits Act 1976.

In section 2(8)(d) the words " and (4)" in the first place where they occur.

In Schedule 1, paragraphs 2 and 3(2).

In Schedule 2, in paragraph 16(1) the words "1(3) and (4)" and "5(2) and (8)", paragraph 16(2) and (7) and in paragraph 17(1) the figure "(4)".

1978 c. 35.The Import of Live Fish (Scotland) Act 1978.In section 2(1) the words " a police constable ".
1980 c. 27.The Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980.In section 2(1) the words " a police constable "

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