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The Haddock (Specified Sea Areas) (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1991

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This Order prohibits, subject to an exception, fishing for haddock Melanogrammus aeglefinus) during the period beginning with the date of coming into force of the Order and ending immediately before 1st January 1992–

(a)by any British fishing boat registered in the United Kingdom within any part of a sea area specified in the Schedule to the Order, or

(b)by any British fishing boat registered in the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands or by any British-owned fishing boat within any part of such a sea area which lies within British fishery limits (article 2).

By virtue of section 5(6) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 (as amended by section 22(2) of the Fisheries Act 1981), where, in the course of any fishing operations conducted in any of the above-mentioned sea areas, haddock are taken on board a boat to which this Order applies, those fish shall (subject to section 9 of that Act) be returned to the sea forthwith.

British sea-fishery officers are given certain enforcement powers for the purpose of the enforcement of the Order (article 3).

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