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Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 14 - Offences relating to persons appointed under section 13

37.Section 14(1) specifies the circumstances in which a person commits an offence as regards an appointed person. It is an offence for a person to fail to comply with a requirement imposed by an appointed person or to wilfully obstruct such a person. For example, where a person wilfully obstructs a person appointed by the Scottish Ministers for the purposes of undertaking a programme of surveillance (section 13(3)(b)), the person so obstructing is guilty of an offence.

38.Persons guilty of an offence under section 14(1)(a) are liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 of the standard scale, (currently £10,000), and persons guilty of an offence under section 14(1)(b) are liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (currently £10,000) and on conviction on indictment to a fine (section 14(4)).

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