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Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 20 - Power to enter fish farms, shellfish farms, etc

47.Section 20 enables persons authorised in writing by the Scottish Ministers, and for a purpose stated in section 20(2), to enter any fish farm or shellfish farm and any premises associated with the management or operation of a fish farm or shellfish farm. Section 20(2) sets out the purposes for which the Scottish Ministers may authorise a person to enter such premises, including in order to obtain information that will enable them to determine whether a commercially damaging species is present on a fish or shellfish farm. Section 20(3) states that the power of entry must be exercised at a reasonable hour, except in the circumstances described in section 20(3)(a), (b) or (c). Section 20(4) provides that where a person proposes to exercise powers of entry, they must if so required, produce evidence of their identity and authorisation.

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