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7 Conservation of Antarctic fauna and flora.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)No United Kingdom national [F1, and no non-national on a British expedition,] may in Antarctica—

(a)intentionally kill, injure, capture, handle or molest any native mammal or native bird,

(b)while on foot intentionally disturb a breeding or moulting native bird, or a concentration of native mammals or native birds,

(c)use a vehicle, vessel or aircraft in a manner that disturbs a concentration of native mammals or native birds,

(d)use explosives or firearms in such a manner,

(e)remove or damage such quantities of any native plant [F2or native invertebrate] that its local distribution or abundance will be significantly affected,

(f)significantly damage a concentration of native plants, or

(g)do anything that is likely to cause significant damage to the habitat of any native mammal, bird, plant or invertebrate,

except in accordance with a permit granted under section 12 or under the written authorisation of another Contracting Party.

[F3(1A)Accidental harm occurring in the course of—

(a)normal operations of a vessel, or

(b)the activity of fishing for profit,

shall not be regarded as a contravention of subsection (1)(e), (f) or (g).]

(2)Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.

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F1Words in s. 7(1) inserted (26.5.2013) by Antarctic Act 2013 (c. 15), ss. 14(2)(a), 18(4)(a)

F2Words in s. 7(1)(e) inserted (26.5.2013) by Antarctic Act 2013 (c. 15), ss. 16(2), 18(4)(a)

F3S. 7(1A) inserted (26.5.2013) by Antarctic Act 2013 (c. 15), ss. 16(3), 18(4)(a)

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