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Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 12 - Movement of species, etc.

33.Section 12(1), as read with section 13 (orders under section 12(1): samples and surveillance), enables the Scottish Ministers to make provision, by order, for or about the prohibition or control of the movement of any commercially damaging species that is present, or suspected of being present in any body of water. The power extends to any other species of animal or plant and any equipment, used in connection with fish farming or shellfish farming, the movement of which may be associated with the movement of the commercially damaging species. It also extends to water in which a commercially damaging species is suspected of being present.

34.Section 12(2) details the matters that may be included in an order under section 12(1), including the designation of an area in which movement controls apply. For example, this power may be exercised to prevent the movement of stocks from a site known or suspected of having a commercially damaging species. It is an offence for a person to act in contravention of a section 12(1) order, to fail to take any action required by the order or to otherwise fail to comply with any requirement imposed on the person by such an order (section 12(3)). Offences under section 12(3) are punishable on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (section 12(5)).

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