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Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 32 - Consents for introduction of fish into inland waters

99.Section 32 amends section 33A of the 2003 Act to ensure that, where introductions of fish or fish spawn take place, they are in line with prevailing good practice and that requirements as to record keeping and monitoring can be imposed. Section 32 also introduces new section 33B into the 2003 Act to enable the Scottish Ministers to modify, by regulation, DSFBs’ functions with respect to consenting to the introduction of salmon and salmon spawn.

100.Section 32(2)(b) amends section 33A of the 2003 Act to introduce new subsections (3A), (3B) and (3C). Subsection (3A) enables Ministers when granting consent to introduce fish or fish spawn to inland waters, and DSFBs when granting consent to introduce salmon or salmon spawn to inland waters within their district, to impose conditions and requirements on the consent. For example, conditions and requirements could include: record keeping; monitoring the impact of the species following its introduction; and bio-security measures. Subsection (3B) makes it an offence, punishable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding Level 3 on the standard scale (section 33A(5) of the 2003 Act) for a person to act in contravention of any conditions or requirements imposed on a section 33A consent or to fail to take any action required under such condition or requirement. Subsection (3C) makes provision for a reasonable excuse defence for a person charged with an offence under section 33A(3B) of the 2003 Act.

101.Section 32(2)(c) amends section 33A of the 2003 Act to insert a new subsection (4A) which provides that the provisions of section 33A(4) apply subject to the provisions of any regulations made under section 33B of the 2003 Act, which is inserted by section 32(3) of the Act.

102.Section 32(3) inserts a new section 33B into the 2003 Act which gives powers to the Scottish Ministers to make regulations in relation to the functions of DSFBs under section 33A(3)(b) and (3A) of the 2003 Act. Section 33B(1), as read with section 33B(2), enables the Scottish Ministers to provide, in regulations, that they instead of a DSFB will exercise the consenting function under section 33A of the 2003 Act with respect to the introduction or possession of salmon and salmon spawn; for applications to be submitted to Ministers instead of a DSFB; and for circumstances in which an application referred to them will be determined by Ministers.

103.Section 33B(3) of the 2003 Act provides flexibility for the Scottish Ministers to, for example, restrict the application of regulations made under section 33B(2) to individual salmon fishery districts or specified inland waters. For example, it might be desirable for applications submitted to a DSFB under section 33A of the 2003 Act for a district which lies in a Special Area of Conservation to be referred to the Scottish Ministers for determination.

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