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Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

Section 163: Offences

456.This section establishes offences and penalties. A person is guilty of an offence if he contravenes any byelaw made by an IFC authority. Where a vessel is used in contravention of a byelaw the master, owner and charterer (if any) will each be guilty of an offence. A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable upon summary conviction to a maximum fine of £50,000. Subsection (4) ensures that magistrates’ courts have jurisdiction over byelaw offences that are committed at sea, by treating them as having been committed in any part of England and Wales.

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