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Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1952

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N.I.Regulations as to Nets

36Restrictions on use of nets.N.I.

If any person—

(a)makes use of or fishes with any net formed with a false bottom (except nets for the taking of eels), or

(b)places two or more nets one behind the other, or

(c)uses any nets covered with canvas, hide, or other substance for the purpose of taking small fish, or

(d)affixes or keeps up continued nets stretched across any river,

he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

37Mesh of nets for the taking of salmon in the sea and tideways.N.I.

(1)If, on any part of the coast or within any bay, estuary or tideway thereof, any person uses any net to which this section applies with a mesh of less size than [F14.5 centimetres] from knot to knot, to be measured along the side of the square, or [F218 centimetres] to be measured all round each such mesh, such measurement being taken in the clear when the net is wet, then, subject to sub-section (2) of this section, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2)The Commission may by regulation under section thirteen permit the use of nets to which this section applies having meshes of a less size than that specified in sub-section (1) of this section.

(3)In this section the expression “net to which this section applies” means any net or other engine which is not formed of a rigid material and which is used for the taking of salmon.

38Use of salmon nets near mouths of rivers.N.I.

(1)If any person (other than the owner of a several fishery within the limits thereof) shoots, draws, or uses any net for taking salmon at the mouth of any river or within [F3805 metres] seaward or [F3805 metres] inwards or along the coast from the mouth of any river, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

[F4(2)If a person—

(a)shoots, draws or stretches a net across the mouth or across any other part of a river; and

(b)fails to leave open a channel which is—

(i)at least one-quarter of the width of the mouth of the river or, as the case may be, of that other part of the river, and

(ii)of sufficient depth and width to facilitate the passage of salmon in that river,

he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.]

(3)Where regulations under this Act define the mouth of any tributary river, references in this section to the mouth of any river shall be construed as including references to the mouth of that tributary river.

39Restriction on possession of unlawful net, etc.N.I.

(1)No person shall have in his possession or control in any river or on or near the banks of any river any net or other instrument or lure or bait the use of which for the purpose of taking salmon, trout or other fish is unlawful.

(2)Any person who has in his possession or control any net or other instrument or lure or bait in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.


(a)a person is found in possession of or has in his control any net in the vicinity of the boundary between the tidal and freshwater portions of any river, and

(b)by reason thereof such person is charged with an offence under this section,

it shall be a good defence to such charge for such person to prove that he is the holder of a [F5fishing licence] to use such net and that such net is intended for use in such tidal portion.

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