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Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 26 - Carcass tagging

70.Section 26(2) amends the 2003 Act by inserting a new section 21A to enable the Scottish Ministers to make regulations for or in connection with tagging salmon carcasses.

71.Section 21A(2) specifies the matters which may be provided for in regulations made under section 21A(1) of the 2003 Act, including the nature and form of tags and the keeping of records in connection with fishing for, taking and tagging of salmon. Section 21A(3) provides that regulations made under section 21A(1) may make different provision for different purposes and different areas, and may modify Part 5 (enforcement) of the 2003 Act. If the carcass tagging regulations seek to modify Part 5 of the 2003 Act then affirmative procedure will be required as provided for in section 68(4) of the 2003 Act (as amended by section 26(4) of the Act), which will require draft regulations to be laid before and approved by Parliament.

72.Section 21A(4) makes provision in relation to offences. Subsection (4)(a) of section 21A makes it an offence for a person to sell, offer or expose for sale, or to possess a salmon which has not been tagged in accordance with regulations made under section 21A(1) of the 2003 Act, or which has had a tag removed otherwise than in accordance with the regulations. Subsection (4)(c) makes it an offence for a person to fail to take action required of that person, or to comply with any requirement imposed on that person, by such regulations.

73.Subsection (5) creates a reasonable excuse defence for a person charged with an offence under section 21A(4)(c) of the 2003 Act. A person who commits an offence under subsection (4) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 of the standard scale (currently £2,500) and may be convicted on the evidence of only one witness (subsection (6)).

74.Subsections (3)(a) and (b) of section 26 makes technical amendments to section 30 of the 2003 Act (exemptions in relation to fish farming) in consequence of new section 21A.

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