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PART IN.I.PRELIMINARY AND GENERAL

1Short title.N.I.

This Act may be cited as the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland), 1952.

2Interpretation.N.I.

(1)In this Act—

  • Definition rep. by SI 1999/859

  • “authorised person” has the meaning given to it by section fifty-three;

  • [F1“the Commission” means the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission;]

  • [F2 “deleterious matter” means any substance (including an explosive) the entry or discharge of which into any waters is liable to render those or any other waters poisonous or injurious to fish, spawning grounds or the food of any fish or to injure fish in their value as human food or to impair the usefulness of the bed and soil of any waters as spawning grounds or their capacity to produce the food of fish;]

  • “establishment date” means the date appointed by order made under section ten;

  • [F2 “fish” includes spawn and fry;

  • “the Fisheries Acts” means [F3 the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 [1966 c.17] as amended by any subsequent enactment];

  • Definitions rep. by SI 1999/859

  • “fishing engine” means any engine, net or instrument whatsoever capable of being used for the taking of fish;

  • “fishing licence” means a licence issued by the Commission under regulations made by the Commission under this Act;

  • “the Foyle Area” has the meaning given to it by section three;

  • “inquiry” means an inquiry conducted under section eighty;

  • “the Irish Society” means the body entitled the Society of the Governor and Assistants, London, of the New Plantation of Ulster within the Realm of Ireland;

  • “the Londonderry Area” means the area which was constituted by the Fishery Districts (Northern Ireland) Order, 1925 [SRO (NI) 1925/1101] , as the Londonderry District;

  • “the Londonderry Board” means the board of conservators for the said Londonderry District;

  • “the Minister” means the Minister for AgricultureF4 of the Republic of Ireland;

  • “the Ministry” means the Ministry of CommerceF5;

  • [F1“the Newry Area” means so much of the Carlingford Area as is in Northern Ireland;

  • “NSMC” has the same meaning as in the North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999;]

  • “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Commission under this Act;

  • “river” includes lake and estuary;

  • “salmon” includes sea trout, all fish of the salmon species, and the spawn and fry thereof;

  • [F2 “substance” includes any liquid or gas;]

  • “trout” includes all fish of the brown trout kind and their spawn and fry but does not include sea trout;

  • Definition rep. by 1981 NI 7

  • [F2 “waters” includes any river, watercourse or part of the sea.]

(2)References in this Act to a fish shall be construed as including references to part of a fish.

Subs. (3)‐(5) rep. by SLR 1976

F1SI 1999/859

F4Ext. (other Ministers), 1962 c. 5 (NI)

F5Functions transf. to D/Agric., SRO (NI) 1963/29

3The Foyle Area.N.I.

(1)In this Act “the Foyle Area” means the area comprising the fishery district, originally created and defined as the Londonderry District by an order made on the ninth day of July, 1855, by the Commissioners of Fisheries.

[F6(1A)In this Act “the Carlingford Area” means—

(a)the whole of the sea along the coast between the low water line of the most southerly point of Cranfield Point in the County of Down and the low water line of the most easterly point of Ballaghan Point, in the County of Louth, and within a straight line between those points, and any islands or rocks within the same, with the whole of the tideway along the said coast; and

(b)the whole of all lakes, rivers and their tributaries which flow into the sea within the area defined in paragraph (a) and all of the land catchment from which water drains into those lakes and rivers.]

(2)Judicial notice shall be taken of the boundaries of the Foyle Area[F6 and the Carlingford Area].

F6SI 1999/859

S. 4 rep. by 1966 c. 17 (NI)

S. 5 rep. by SI 1999/859

6Deposit of copies of orders and regulations.N.I.

A copy of every order or regulation made under this Act shall be deposited—

F7[(a)with the chief clerk for every county court division which or part of which is situate in the Londonderry Area[F8 or the Newry Area];]

(b)with the clerk of every petty sessions district which or part of which is situate in the Londonderry Area[F8 or the Newry Area]; and

(c)in every Royal Ulster Constabulary Barracks situate in the Londonderry Area[F8 or the Newry Area].

F7SR 1979/103

F8SI 1999/859

S. 7 rep. by SLR 1976

PART IIN.I.ACQUISITION OF FOYLE FISHERY RIGHTS

8Power to acquire fishing rights, etc.N.I.

(1)The Ministry is hereby authorised to enter into an agreement (in this Act referred to as the vesting agreement) with the Minister and the Irish Society in the terms of the draft set out in the Second Schedule to this Act.

(2)On the date of execution of the vesting agreement this sub-section shall operate to vest in the Ministry and the Minister an absolute and indefeasible title to the fee simple in possession of all rights of fishing in the tidal portions of the Lough and River Foyle and of its tributary, the River Faughan, freed and discharged from all estates, titles, interests, incumbrances, rights, liberties and privileges whatsoever by whomsoever held, used, exercised or enjoyed, except the rentcharges referred to in the vesting agreement but indemnified therefrom as therein provided.

(3)Sub-section (2) of this section shall not apply to a right vested, immediately before the date of execution of the vesting agreement, in any person, other than the Irish Society, to use a fixed engine under certificate granted under section six of the Salmon Fishery (Ireland) Act, 1863 [1863 c.114] .

(4)On the date of execution of the vesting agreement this sub-section shall operate to extinguish all the estate, right, title and interest of the Irish Society in and to the tidal portions of the Lough and River Foyle and of its tributary, the River Faughan, and the ground, soil and foreshore of those tidal portions.

(5)The vesting agreement shall operate, without further assurance, to convey, assign and transfer, on the date of the making thereof, to the Ministry and the Minister all the property thereby agreed to be sold, other than rights of fishing to which sub-section (2) of this section applies.

(6)The Irish Society shall, notwithstanding any limitations on its powers, have power to enter into the vesting agreement without the consent of any person.

(7)It shall be the duty of the Ministry and the Irish Society, and each such party is hereby empowered, to carry out the vesting agreement so far as the provisions thereof are to be performed by such party.

Subs. (8)(9) spent

9Exemption from stamp duties.N.I.

(1)Section twelve of the Finance Act, 1895 [1895 c.16] , shall not operate to require the delivery to the Ministry of Finance of a copy of this Act or the payment of stamp duty under that section on any copy of this Act.

(2)Stamp duty shall not be chargeable on the vesting agreement or on any instrument executed in pursuance thereof.

(3)Section nine of the Finance Act (Northern Ireland), 1936 [1936 c.33] , shall not apply to the vesting agreement or to any instrument executed in pursuance thereof.

PART IIIN.I.THE FOYLE FISHERIES COMMISSION

10

Commencement

N.I.Constitution and Functions

11Establishment of Foyle Fisheries Commission.N.I.

Subs. (1) rep. by SI 1999/859

(2)The functions of the Commission shall be—

(a)the management of the property vested in the Ministry and the Minister under section eight;

(b)the conservation, protection and improvement of the fisheries of the Foyle Area[F9 and the Carlingford Area] generally.

(3)The provisions of the Third Schedule to this Act shall apply to the Commission.

F9SI 1999/859

12Exemption from rates and taxes.N.I.

(1)The Commission shall not be liable for any tax whatsoever in respect of the property in or occupation of any lands, tenements and hereditaments or in respect of any of its income.

(2)The Commission shall, in respect of any hereditament …F10 used or occupied by the Commission, be exempt from liability for [F11 regional rate and district rate].

Subs. (3) rep. by 1972 NI 22

13Regulations.N.I.

(1)The Commission may, with the approval of[F12 NSMC], make such regulations as appear to the Commission to be expedient for the management, conservation, protection and improvement of the fisheries of the Foyle Area[F12 and the Carlingford Area] and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, may make regulations in relation to all or any of the following matters:—

(a)the regulation of fishing and preservation of good order amongst persons fishing;

(b)the times and seasons for the taking of fish or any kind of fish or for any mode of taking fish or any kind of fish and the conditions subject to which fish or any kind of fish may be taken;

(c)prohibiting any mode of taking or destroying fish or any kind of fish;

(d)the times and places or the mode at or in which any fishing engine may be used;

(e)the description and form of nets to be used and the size of the meshes of those nets;

(f)the prohibition, either absolutely or otherwise than under and in accordance with a licence issued by the Commission, of the use of any fishing engine;

(g)the making of applications for, and the issue, alteration, renewal, and revocation of licences, whether generally or in specified cases;

(h)the protection of waters from poisoning and pollution by any deleterious or poisonous matter, or from any predatory fish or animals;

(i)the prohibition of any practice whatsoever tending in the opinion of the Commission to impede the lawful capture of fish or to be in any manner detrimental to the fisheries;

(j)defining, by reference to a map or otherwise, the mouth of any river in the Foyle Area[F12 or the Carlingford Area], the mouth of any tributary river at its entrance into any other river therein, the boundary between the tidal and freshwater portions of any river therein, the point or points to or from which distances are to be measured under this Act, or the space within which it is prohibited by this Act or by regulations under this section to use or practise certain methods of fishing;

(k)anything referred to in this Act as prescribed;

(l)anything relating in any manner to the management and protection of the fisheries.

(2)Regulations made by the Commission under this section may provide for charging in respect of any licence or other document issued or varied by the Commission such fees, payable at such time and in such manner, as may be prescribed.

(3)Regulations made by the Commission under this section …F13 shall be published in one or more newspapers circulating in the Foyle Area[F12 and the Carlingford Area].

Subs. (4) spent

(5)The Ministry shall cause every regulation made under this Act to be laid before each House of Parliament as soon as may be after it is made and, if a resolution annulling the regulation is passed by either House, within the statutory period next after the day on which the regulation has been laid before it, the regulation shall be annulled accordingly, but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.

[F14(5A)Nothing in regulations made under paragraph (f) of subsection (1) shall make it an offence for a person, who is not the holder of a licence issued by the Commission, to fish lawfully by rod and line in a production pond at a fish farm operated by the holder of a fish culture licence granted under section 11 of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966.

(5B)In subsection (5A) “production pond” means a pond—

(a)used for the artificial propagation and culture of fish; and

(b)designated for the purposes of this subsection as a production pond in a fish culture licence granted under the said section 11.]

(6)If any person contravenes (whether by act or omission) any regulations under this section, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

F12SI 1999/859

F13SLR 1980

14Restriction on number of licences.N.I.

(1)The number of licences for fishing with fishing engines of any kind (other than rod and line) in the tidal waters of the Foyle Area[F15 or the Carlingford Area] which may be issued by the Commission in any year shall not exceed such number as may be for the time being prescribed.

(2)If the number of applications duly made for licences in any year exceeds the maximum number provided for under this section, the licences shall be allocated in such manner as may be prescribed.

F15SI 1999/859

Valid from 01/06/2008

[F1614AAcquisition and development of waters for anglingN.I.

(1)The Commission may, for the purpose of developing or improving facilities for angling, acquire by agreement—

(a)fishing rights in any waters in the Foyle Area or the Carlingford Area;

(b)any estate in land by virtue of which such rights are exercisable;

(c)any estate in any other land which the Commission is satisfied it is expedient to acquire for the safeguarding or the full enjoyment or exploitation of those rights.

(2)Where fishing rights in respect of any waters have been acquired by the Commission under subsection (1)(a), the Commission may do all such things as are necessary or expedient—

(a)for the proper development of those waters, and of any land acquired under subsection (1)(b) or (c), for angling; or

(b)for the provision of facilities or amenities for persons authorised by the Commission to enter such land.]

Valid from 01/06/2008

[F1714BPermits to fish in Commission's watersN.I.

(1)Where the Commission owns or manages the fishing rights in any waters—

(a)the Commission may issue permits, or make arrangements for their issue through agents, authorising the holder of such a permit to use a rod and line in the waters to which the permit relates; and

(b)may, subject to subsection (2), charge for the issue of such permits such sums as may be prescribed.

(2)The Commission may under subsection (1)(a) issue complimentary permits to such persons as may be prescribed in such circumstances as may be prescribed and nothing in this Act shall require such persons to make any payment in respect of such a permit.

(3)A permit issued under subsection (1)(a) shall be granted for such period, and subject to such conditions, as may be specified in the permit.

(4)Where a permit is issued under subsection (1)(a) in relation to any waters, any person who—

(a)without obtaining such a permit, uses a rod and line in those waters;

(b)contravenes any condition to which a permit is subject;

(c)uses or, with intent to deceive, presents a permit for any time, date, period, place or purpose other than that for which that permit is valid;

(d)uses or presents, as being a permit of which he is the holder, a permit issued in the name of any other person; or

(e)uses or presents a permit that has been to his knowledge either in any manner altered (otherwise than by a person duly authorised by the Commission) or fraudulently counterfeited,

shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.]

Ss. 15‐18 rep. by SI 1999/859

N.I.Dissolution of Londonderry Board

19Dissolution of Londonderry Board.N.I.

(1)The Londonderry Board is hereby dissolved.

(2)All property, rights and liabilities of the Londonderry Board are hereby transferred to the Commission.

S. 20 rep. by SLR 1976

S. 21 rep. by SI 1999/859

Part IV (Ss. 22 - 26) rep. by SI 1999/859

PART VN.I.TIMES OF FISHING AND ANCILLARY PROVISIONS

27Close seasons and close time.N.I.

(1)The annual close season in the Foyle Area[F18 and the Carlingford Area] shall be the period prescribed for that purpose or, if no period is prescribed, the period beginning on the first day of September and ending on the fourteenth day of April next following.

(2)The annual close season for angling in the Foyle Area[F18 and the Carlingford Area] shall be the period prescribed for that purpose, or, if no period is prescribed, the period beginning on the thirteenth day of October and ending on the thirty-first day of January next following.

(3)The weekly close time in the Foyle Area[F18 and the Carlingford Area] shall be the period prescribed for that purpose or, if no period is prescribed, the period beginning at 6 o'clock a.m. on Saturday and ending at 6 o'clock a.m. on the following Monday.

(4)Different periods may be prescribed under this section in respect of different parts of the Foyle Area[F18 and the Carlingford Area] and, where a period is so prescribed for a particular part of that area, references in this Act to the annual close season, the annual close season for angling or the weekly close time shall, as the case may require, be construed in relation to that part as references to the period so prescribed.

F18SI 1999/859

28Fishing during close seasons.N.I.

If any person—

(a)fishes for, takes, kills or attempts to take or kill salmon or trout (except with a rod and line), during the annual close season, or

(b)fishes for, takes, kills or attempts to take or kill salmon or trout with a rod and line during the annual close season for angling, or

(c)aids or assists in any such act or attempt,

he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

29Fishing during close time.N.I.

If any person fishes for, takes, kills or attempts to take or kill salmon or trout (except with a rod and line) during the weekly close time or aids or assists in any such act or attempt he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

30Obstruction of salmon and trout.N.I.

(1)If any person places any obstruction, uses any contrivance or does any act for the purpose of obstructing the passage of salmon or trout during the annual close season or weekly close time he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2)Nothing in this section shall apply to lawful fishing with rod and line.

31Removal of fixed engines during close season and close time.N.I.

(1)The occupier of any fixed engine for taking salmon or trout shall forthwith, after the commencement of the annual close season and until the end of that season, and also during the weekly close time, cause the fixed engine to be removed or rendered incapable of taking or obstructing the passage of salmon and trout.

(2)If any person fails to comply with this section, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(3)In this section “fixed engine” means any net, implement, engine or device, fixed to the soil or secured by anchors or held by hand or made stationary in any other way and used solely for the purpose of taking or facilitating the taking of fish.

32Removal of nets from banks of rivers during close season.N.I.

If any person engaged in fishing for salmon or trout by means of nets of any kind or description omits or neglects to remove and carry away from any strand or from the banks of any river or from the vicinity thereof such nets during the annual close season such person shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

33Use of nets during close season or close time.N.I.

If any person does any of the following things during the annual close season or weekly close time—

(a)places, affixes or attaches any net to any stake, bridge, sluice or lock gates of a canal or other such fixed erections, or

(b)lays, draws or fishes with any net whatsoever,

he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

34Prohibition of sale, etc., of salmon and trout unlawfully captured.N.I.

(1)If any person buys, sells, exposes for sale or has in his possession any salmon or trout unlawfully captured, such person shall be guilty of an offence against this Act and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding[F19 level 2 on the standard scale], together with a further fine not exceeding two pounds for each salmon or trout so bought, sold, exposed for sale or found in his possession.

(2)In any proceedings under this section, the onus of proving that the salmon or trout, the subject of the proceedings, was lawfully captured shall lie on the defendant.

(3)Where a person, being a common carrier, is charged with the offence of having in his possession any salmon or trout unlawfully captured, it shall be a good defence to the charge for him to prove—

(a)that he had the salmon or trout in his possession as a common carrier and not otherwise, and

(b)that at the time at which the salmon or trout was accepted by him for carriage, the consignor delivered to him a certificate in writing signed by the consignor to the effect that the salmon or trout was lawfully captured.

(4)Where—

(a)a person is charged with an offence under this section in relation to a salmon or trout, and

(b)he proves that the fish was caught by rod and line at a particular place during a period other than the annual close season for angling at that place, and

(c)if the capture of the fish was prohibited save in accordance with a licence, he proves that the fish was caught by the holder of such a licence,

the charge against him shall be dismissed.

S. 35 rep. by 1966 c. 17 (NI)

PART VIN.I.PROTECTION OF FISHERIES

N.I.Regulations as to Nets

36Restrictions on use of nets.N.I.

If any person—

(a)makes use of or fishes with any net formed with a false bottom (except nets for the taking of eels), or

(b)places two or more nets one behind the other, or

(c)uses any nets covered with canvas, hide, or other substance for the purpose of taking small fish, or

(d)affixes or keeps up continued nets stretched across any river,

he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

37Mesh of nets for the taking of salmon in the sea and tideways.N.I.

(1)If, on any part of the coast or within any bay, estuary or tideway thereof, any person uses any net to which this section applies with a mesh of less size than one and three-quarter inches from knot to knot, to be measured along the side of the square, or seven inches to be measured all round each such mesh, such measurement being taken in the clear when the net is wet, then, subject to sub-section (2) of this section, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2)The Commission may by regulation under section thirteen permit the use of nets to which this section applies having meshes of a less size than that specified in sub-section (1) of this section.

(3)In this section the expression “net to which this section applies” means any net or other engine which is not formed of a rigid material and which is used for the taking of salmon.

38Use of salmon nets near mouths of rivers.N.I.

(1)If any person (other than the owner of a several fishery within the limits thereof) shoots, draws, or uses any net for taking salmon at the mouth of any river or within half a mile seaward or half a mile inwards or along the coast from the mouth of any river, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2)If any person shoots, draws, or stretches any net entirely across the mouth or across any other part of a river, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(3)Where regulations under this Act define the mouth of any tributary river, references in this section to the mouth of any river shall be construed as including references to the mouth of that tributary river.

39Restriction on possession of unlawful net, etc.N.I.

(1)No person shall have in his possession or control in any river or on or near the banks of any river any net or other instrument or lure or bait the use of which for the purpose of taking salmon, trout or other fish is unlawful.

(2)Any person who has in his possession or control any net or other instrument or lure or bait in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(3)Where—

(a)a person is found in possession of or has in his control any net in the vicinity of the boundary between the tidal and freshwater portions of any river, and

(b)by reason thereof such person is charged with an offence under this section,

it shall be a good defence to such charge for such person to prove that he is the holder of a licence to use such net and that such net is intended for use in such tidal portion.

N.I.Prohibition of Certain Methods of Fishing for, and of Practices Liable to Destroy, Salmon and Other Fish

F20[40Penalty for use or possession of deleterious matter.N.I.

(1)If any person uses in any waters any deleterious matter for the capture, destruction or injury of fish he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2)If any person being on the bank of or near any waters has in his possession or under his control any deleterious matter he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(3)It shall be a good defence to a charge under sub-section (2) for the defendant to prove that the deleterious matter was in his possession or under his control for an innocent purpose.

(4)Every person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding[F21 £100], or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment;

(b)on conviction on indictment to[F21 an unlimited fine] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

Subs. (5) rep. by 1996 NI 24

F22[41Penalty for pollution.N.I.

(1)Subject to sub-section (2), if any person causes or knowingly permits any deleterious matter to enter any river he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act and shall be liable

[F23(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.]

[F23(1A)If in the case of a continuing offence under subsection (1), the offender continues to contravene that subsection, he shall be guilty of a further offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to an additional fine not exceeding one-twentieth of level 5 on the standard scale for each day on which the offence is continued.]

(2)Nothing in sub-section (1) shall operate to penalise—

Para. (a) rep. by 1966 c. 17 (NI)

(b)the discharge by any person of any dye stuff or other trade effluent which he proves is not in a state harmful to fish or other live animals.]

[F24(3)Where a person (in this section referred to as “the person convicted”) has been convicted of an offence under subsection (1), the Commission]

(a)after consulting the owner of the fishing rights in the waters affected by the pollution; or

(b)without such consultation if the[F24 Commission], upon making reasonable enquiries, is unable to ascertain the name and address of the owner,

may—

(i)carry out such restocking to restore the fish population of the waters as is reasonable in the circumstances, and

(ii)recover the cost thereof from the person convicted.

(4)Any question as to—

(a)the reasonableness of any restocking to be undertaken under paragraph (i) of subsection (3); or

(b)the costs to be recoverable under paragraph (ii) of that subsection,

shall be referred to arbitration under and in accordance with the provisions of the Arbitration Act (Northern Ireland) 1937.

(5)Nothing in this section shall affect any right of the owner of fishing rights in the waters affected by the pollution to bring civil proceedings against the person convicted; but in assessing damages in any such proceedings the court shall take into account the value of any restocking carried out by the[F24 Commission] under subsection (3).

[F24(6)Subsection (5) applies in relation to any such right vested in the Commission.]

42Penalty for using, etc., certain devices for taking fish.N.I.

(1)If, for the purpose of taking any fish, any person uses or has in his possession or control in any river or on or near the banks thereof any light or fire of any kind, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2)If, for the purpose of taking any fish, any person uses or has in his possession or control in any river or on or near the banks thereof, any otter, [F25 tailer or snare,] spear, strokehaul, gaff or other instrument of a similar kind, he shall, subject to sub-section (3) of this section, be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(3)Sub-section (2) of this section shall not apply to the use, possession or control of—

(a)a gaff [F25 or tailer] used or to be used solely as an auxiliary to lawful angling between sunrise and one hour after sunset, or

(b)a gaff [F25 or tailer] used or to be used by the holder of a fishing licence in respect of any box in a fishing weir or fishing mill dam solely for the purpose of lawfully removing fish therefrom, or

(c)an eel spear used for taking eels.

(4)Every person guilty of an offence under sub-section (1) or (2) of this section shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding[F26 level 3 on the standard scale] or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding [F27 six] months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

43Fishing for salmon or trout in a river by cross lines.N.I.

If any person takes, catches or fishes for any salmon or trout by means of cross lines in any river, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

44Damming, etc., river or mill race for purpose of taking salmon or trout.N.I.

If any person dams, teems or empties any river or water-course for the purpose of taking or destroying any salmon or trout, such person shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

45Taking fish unlawfully killed or found dead.N.I.

(1)Every person who by any means removes or causes to be removed from any river—

(a)any salmon or trout which have been killed otherwise than by lawful means, or

(b)any salmon or trout which have been found dead, from any cause whatever, by such person,

shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2)This section shall not apply to—

(a)any person acting under the authority of the Ministry, or

(b)any member or officer of the Commission, or

(c)any owner of a fishery or his agent acting under the written authority of the Commission, or

(d)so far as respects the removal or causing to be removed of any diseased salmon or trout, or any salmon or trout found dead from any cause, any member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary or any sanitary officer.

N.I.Protection of Young and Breeding Fish

46Taking, etc., spawn, smolts or fry of salmon or trout.N.I.

If any person—

(a)wilfully takes, sells, purchases, or has in his possession the spawn, smolts or fry of salmon or trout, or

(b)wilfully obstructs the passage of the smolts or fry of salmon or trout, or

(c)injures or disturbs the spawn or fry of salmon or trout, or

(d)injures or disturbs any spawning bed, bank or shallow where the spawn or fry of salmon or trout may be,

he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

47Disturbing fish on spawning beds.N.I.

If any person disturbs fish on the spawning beds or attempts (except by means of lawful angling with rod and line) to catch fish thereon, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

48Penalties for taking, buying, etc., unseasonable salmon or trout.N.I.

(1)Every person who at any time wilfully takes, kills, destroys, buys, sells, exposes for sale or has in his custody or possession any unclean or unseasonable salmon or trout, shall be guilty of an offence against this Act and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding[F28 level 3 on the standard scale] or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding [F29 six] months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

(2)Where a person is charged with taking a salmon or trout in contravention of this section it shall be a good defence to prove that such salmon or trout was taken accidentally, and was returned without injury to the water immediately upon being taken.

N.I.Miscellaneous Offences

49Obstructing persons lawfully fishing.N.I.

If any person obstructs any person lawfully engaged in fishing or in proceeding to or in returning from lawful fishing, such first-mentioned person shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

50Placing fishing engine with intent to prevent fish entering nets lawfully set.N.I.

If any person wilfully and maliciously places any fishing engine with intent to prevent fish from entering the nets of any other person set and placed in a lawful manner such first-mentioned person shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

51Giving warning to persons unlawfully fishing.N.I.

If any person gives or causes to be given or aids or assists in giving any signal or warning to any person engaged in fishing unlawfully of the approach of any member or officer of the Commission, member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary or river watcher appointed under section fifty-five, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

F30[51AUse of boat or vehicle as aid to commission of offence.N.I.

(1)If any person uses a boat or vehicle as an aid to the commission of an offence against this Act or, within the Foyle Area[F31 or the Carlingford Area], against the provisions of the Fisheries Acts or the corresponding law of the Republic of Ireland he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

(2)Every person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding[F32 level 3 on the standard scale], or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to[F32 an unlimited fine] or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

(3)If the offence under this section is committed in respect of a vehicle section seventy-five of this Act shall not apply in relation to the vehicle, but …F33 the court [F34 by which the person is sentenced] may order the vehicle to be forfeited.]

N.I.Agents for Fishery Owners

52AppointmentN.I.

(1)Any fishery owner may by power of attorney under his hand appoint an agent to act for him for the purposes of this Act.

(2)All things which by this Act are directed to be done by or with relation to any person may be lawfully done by or with relation to an agent appointed by him under this section and the agent may be dealt with in all respects as that person himself might have been dealt with under this Act.

(3)Every agent appointed under this section shall have full power, in the name and on behalf of his principal, to take part in or act upon any inquiry, or prosecute, oppose or defend any complaint, appeal, action, writ, suit or other proceeding or to attend, vote at and take part in any meeting or do or suffer any other act for the purposes of this Act.

(4)Every person who appoints an agent under this section shall be bound by the acts of the agent, according to the authority committed to him, as fully as if that person had so acted.

(5)Every power of attorney under this section shall be produced, inspected or registered and copies and extracts thereof made at such times and places and in such manner as the Commission may prescribe.

(6)A power of attorney under this section may be in the following form—

I, A. B. of .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... ....................

hereby appoint C. D. of .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... ....................

to be my lawful attorney to act for me in all respects as if I myself were present and acting, and I make this appointment under the Foyle Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland), 1952.

Dated this .................... .................... .................... .................... day of .................... .................... .................... .................... ...................., 19.................... ....................

(Signed) A. B.

(7)Where a person is convicted of an offence against this Act, he shall thereafter be disqualified from being appointed an agent under this section for a period of seven years from the date of conviction.

Valid from 01/06/2008

[F35PART VIA N.I.AQUACULTURE

F35Pt. VIA (ss. 52A-52X) inserted (1.6.2008 so far as inserting for certain purposes ss. 52B, 52C, 52G, 52H, 52M, 52N, 52O, 52P, 52U and 52X, otherwise prosp.) by Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/915 (N.I. 9)), arts. 1(3), 3(1) (with art. 32); S.R. 2008/232, art. 2, Sch.

Aquaculture licencesN.I.

Prospective

52AAquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)The Commission may, in accordance with the provisions of this Part, grant a licence (“an aquaculture licence”) to any person authorising that person to engage in aquaculture within any area specified in the licence (the “licensed area”).

(2)An aquaculture licence may be granted notwithstanding any public right to fish in the area which, on the granting of the licence, becomes the licensed area.

(3)Subject to subsection (4) the licensed area may include any part of the foreshore or any part of the bed of the sea or an estuary.

(4)An aquaculture licence shall not specify any area—

(a)which forms either part of the foreshore or part of the bed of the sea or an estuary owned or lawfully occupied by any person, unless the licence is granted to, or with the consent in writing of, the owner or lawful occupier of that part of the foreshore or that part of the bed of the sea or the estuary; or

(b)which is within the limits of a several fishery, unless the licence is granted to, or with the consent in writing of, the owner or lawful occupier of that fishery.

(5)A person shall not engage in aquaculture in the Foyle Area or the Carlingford Area except under, and in accordance with the conditions of, an aquaculture licence.

(6)A person who contravenes subsection (5) shall be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or to both.

52BApplications for aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)An application for an aquaculture licence shall be made to the Commission and shall—

(a)contain such information and be made in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed;

(b)be advertised, at the expense of the applicant, in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed; and

(c)be accompanied by—

(i)any consent required by section 52A(4); and

(ii)the prescribed fee.

(2)Without prejudice to any other provision of this Part, regulations under subsection (1)(a) may contain provisions similar to the provisions of Directive 85/337/EEC and may, in particular, require the Commission, when considering whether to grant an aquaculture licence, to take account of any information received by, or representations made to, the Commission which relate to the impact of aquaculture on the environment.

(3)The Commission may, by giving notice to the applicant, require him to furnish such further information as may be specified in the notice, within the period so specified, as the Commission may require for the purpose of determining the application.

(4)If a person fails to furnish any information—

(a)required under subsection (1)(a); or

(b)specified in a notice under subsection (3) within the period specified in the notice,

the Commission may refuse to proceed with the application.

52CDetermination of applications for aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)The Commission shall consider an application for an aquaculture licence and either—

(a)grant the licence; or

(b)refuse to grant the licence.

(2)In determining an application for an aquaculture licence, the Commission shall consider any written representations relating to the application (including any representations made to the Commission which relate to the impact of aquaculture on the environment) which are received by the Commission within the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which the application was last advertised in accordance with section 52B(1)(b).

(3)As soon as practicable after determining an application for an aquaculture licence the Commission shall give—

(a)the applicant; and

(b)each person who made representations considered under subsection (2),

notice of the determination.

(4)Where the Commission grants an aquaculture licence, the Commission shall, in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed, publish a notice stating that the licence has been granted.

(5)Where the Commission grants an aquaculture licence, the licence—

(a)shall, if no appeal is brought under section 52P, take effect on the expiration of 28 days from the date on which the Commission, in accordance with subsection (4), last published a notice stating that the licence had been granted;

(b)shall, if an appeal is brought under section 52P, take effect—

(i)if and so far as the licence is confirmed on appeal, from the date on which the appeal is determined;

(ii)if the appeal is withdrawn, on the date of the withdrawal of the appeal.

Prospective

52DForm and conditions of aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)An aquaculture licence shall define the position and limits of the licensed area by reference to a map or chart, either with or without descriptive matter (which, in the case of any discrepancy with the map or chart, shall prevail except in so far as may otherwise be provided by the licence).

(2)Where any consent mentioned in section 52A(4) was given subject to any conditions or limitations, the licence shall be subject to such conditions or limitations and such fact shall be stated in the licence.

(3)An aquaculture licence may contain such other conditions as the Commission shall determine.

(4)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (3), conditions contained in an aquaculture licence may relate to any of the following—

(a)operational practices;

(b)monitoring and protection of the health of fish, aquatic invertebrate animals or aquatic plants and the reporting of incidences of disease and the presence of parasites;

(c)monitoring and inspection of the activities carried on pursuant to the licence;

(d)the type of ropes, trestles, fish cages or other equipment or structures which may be located within the licensed area;

(e)the marking, by buoys or otherwise, of the limits of the licensed area or any part of it, or of the location of ropes, trestles, fish cages or other structures within the licensed area;

(f)the keeping of records by the holder of the licence;

(g)the making of returns and the giving of other information to the Commission in relation to activities in the licensed area;

(h)the protection of the environment (including the man-made environment of heritage value) and the control of discharges from the licensed area;

(i)appropriate environmental, water quality and biological monitoring and, in particular, the provision of samples, or of facilities for taking samples in the licensed area;

(j)in relation to the farming or culture of fish—

(i)the amount of feed inputs;

(ii)annual or seasonal limits on stock inputs and outputs and the amount of stock in the licensed area or in any part of it;

(iii)the disposal of dead fish;

(iv)measures for preventing the escape of fish and arrangements for reporting any such escape;

(v)the movement of fish within, and in to or out of, the licensed area;

(k)the payment of any prescribed fee in relation to the licence.

(5)An aquaculture licence may, in so far as is expedient for the purpose of giving effect to any conditions attached to it, exempt—

(a)the holder of the aquaculture licence and any person acting under his directions; and

(b)a person who acquires fish of any kind taken in accordance with such conditions,

from the restrictions imposed by section 34 or regulations made under section 13(gg) in so far as those restrictions apply to fish of that kind.

Prospective

52EDuration of aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)Subject to subsections (2) and (3), an aquaculture licence—

(a)shall in the first instance be limited to a period specified by the Commission in writing, being a period of not less than 10 years and not exceeding 20 years, and

(b)on the expiration of that period shall, on the Commission being satisfied that reasonable progress has been, and is likely to continue to be, made in developing the licensed site, be renewed for a further period specified by the Commission in writing, not exceeding 20 years, and

(c)on the expiration of that period, on the Commission being satisfied as aforesaid, may be further renewed from time to time for such period specified by the Commission in writing but not, on any occasion, for a period exceeding 20 years.

(2)Where an aquaculture licence has been granted—

(a)to the occupier (not being the owner) of a several fishery or of any land included in the licensed area; or

(b)to any person with the consent of such an occupier,

and the owner of the several fishery or land did not consent in writing to the grant of the licence, the licence shall remain in force only during the continuance in occupation of that occupier.

(3)Where an aquaculture licence is granted with the consent in writing of any owner or occupier and a period is specified in the consent, the licence shall remain in force only for that period.

Prospective

52FEffect of aquaculture licenceN.I.

(1)An aquaculture licence shall confer on the holder of the licence the exclusive right, in the licensed area, to deposit, introduce, propagate, dredge, harvest and take any fish, aquatic invertebrate animal or aquatic plant which is farmed or cultivated in accordance with the licence.

(2)An aquaculture licence shall not—

(a)except for the purpose of the farming or cultivation of fish, animals or plants of a kind specified in the licence, affect any right in or over the foreshore or the bed of the sea or any estuary, or any right of several fishery;

(b)for any purpose, affect any such right of any person which he enjoys under a local or personal Act or under Royal Charter, letters patent, prescription or immemorial usage, without the consent of that person.

(3)Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or any regulations made under this Act, the holder of an aquaculture licence and any person acting under his directions may, subject to the conditions contained in the licence, do anything authorised by the licence or anything that is necessary or expedient for doing anything authorised by the licence.

(4)The ownership of any fish, aquatic invertebrate animal or aquatic plant the farming or cultivation of which is authorised by an aquaculture licence and which is farmed or cultivated in accordance with that licence vests in the holder of the licence and his executors, administrators or assigns.

(5)Subject to section 52K, an aquaculture licence is not transferable by the holder, but the Commission may transfer it to another person in accordance with section 52L.

(6)Except as permitted by or under this Act, if a person, by trespass, fishing or otherwise, interferes with anything done or being done pursuant to an aquaculture licence and the interference is carried on without the permission of the holder of the licence, then, notwithstanding the existence of any public right to fish, the person so interfering shall be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or to both.

52GVariation of aquaculture licences by CommissionN.I.

(1)Subject to subsection (2), the Commission may, on its own initiative, vary an aquaculture licence (but not so as to extend the licensed area) if it considers that it is in the public interest to do so.

(2)An aquaculture licence shall not be varied so as to affect any conditions or limitations subject to which a consent under section 52A(4) was given, or any period mentioned in such a consent, otherwise than with the consent in writing of the person or authority who gave the consent or his or its successor in title.

(3)Where the Commission proposes to vary an aquaculture licence under this section, the Commission shall—

(a)give to the holder of the licence at least 28 days' notice of its proposal to do so and of the grounds upon which the variation is proposed to be made; and

(b)advertise, in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed, notice of its proposal to vary the licence.

(4)Before varying the licence the Commission shall consider any written representations which are received by the Commission within the period of 28 days from—

(a)the date on which the Commission gave notice to the holder of the licence of the proposed variation; or

(b)the date on which notice of the proposal to vary the licence was last advertised in accordance with subsection (3)(b),

whichever is the later.

(5)Where the Commission varies a licence under this section the Commission shall give notice of the variation to the holder of the licence and the notice shall specify—

(a)the variation of the licence which the Commission has decided to make; and

(b)the date or dates on which the variation is to take effect.

(6)Where the Commission varies a licence under this section, the Commission shall, in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed, publish a notice stating that the licence has been varied.

(7)The Commission shall be liable to pay compensation to the holder of an aquaculture licence in respect of any loss or damage sustained by him as a result of any action taken by the Commission in relation to an aquaculture licence by virtue of subsection (1) and any dispute as to a person's entitlement to such compensation or as to the amount of it shall be referred to and determined by the Appeals Board.

52HVariation of aquaculture licences: applications by holder of licenceN.I.

(1)Subject to subsection (2), the holder of an aquaculture licence may, at any time after the expiration of 2 years from the granting of the licence, apply to the Commission, in such manner as may be prescribed, for the variation of the licence specified in the application.

(2)An aquaculture licence shall not be varied so as to affect any conditions or limitations subject to which a consent under section 52A(4) was given, or any period mentioned in such a consent, otherwise than with the consent in writing of the person or authority who gave the consent or his or its successor in title.

(3)Where an application is made under subsection (1) for the variation of a licence (otherwise than solely by reducing the licensed area) sections 52A(3) and (4), 52B and 52C shall apply as they apply to the grant, or an application for the grant, of an aquaculture licence.

Prospective

52IRevocation of aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)The Commission may revoke an aquaculture licence if it is satisfied that the holder of the licence has not engaged in aquaculture in the licensed area for a continuous period of 2 years.

(2)The Commission may revoke an aquaculture licence if—

(a)it is satisfied that there has been a breach of a condition specified in the licence; or

(b)it considers that it is in the public interest to do so.

(3)Where the Commission proposes to revoke an aquaculture licence, the Commission shall give the holder of the licence at least 28 days' notice of—

(a)its intention to do so; and

(b)the grounds upon which the revocation is proposed to be made;

and before revoking the licence the Commission shall consider any representations made by the holder of the licence before the expiration of the notice.

(4)Where the Commission revokes an aquaculture licence the Commission shall give notice of the revocation to the person whose licence has been revoked, and the notice shall inform that person of his right of appeal under section 52P, and of the time within which the appeal may be brought.

(5)The revocation of an aquaculture licence in accordance with this section shall not take effect until—

(a)the expiry of the time allowed for making an appeal under section 52P; or

(b)if an appeal is made under section 52P—

(i)if and so far as the revocation of the licence is confirmed on appeal, the date on which the appeal is determined; or

(ii)if the appeal is withdrawn, on the date of the withdrawal of the appeal,

whichever is the later.

(6)The Commission shall be liable to pay compensation to a person who was the holder of an aquaculture licence in respect of any loss or damage sustained by that person as a result of any action taken by the Commission by virtue of subsection (2)(b) and any dispute as to a person's entitlement to such compensation or as to the amount of it shall be referred to and determined by the Appeals Board.

Prospective

52JSurrender of aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)An aquaculture licence may, in accordance with subsections (2) to (5), be surrendered by its holder to the Commission if the Commission accepts the surrender.

(2)The holder of an aquaculture licence who wishes to surrender it shall make an application for that purpose to the Commission on a form provided by the Commission for the purpose, giving such information and accompanied by such documentation as the Commission reasonably requires and accompanied by the fee payable in accordance with section 52N.

(3)On receiving an application for the surrender of an aquaculture licence the Commission—

(a)shall inspect the licensed area, and

(b)may require the holder of the aquaculture licence to—

(i)provide the Commission with further information;

(ii)carry out such works in relation to the licensed area as the Commission may specify in writing.

(4)Where the surrender of a licence is accepted by the Commission under this section the Commission shall issue a certificate (a “certificate of completion”) to the applicant and, on the issue of that certificate, the aquaculture licence shall cease to have effect.

(5)If within the period of 3 months from the date on which the Commission receives an application to surrender a licence, or within such longer period as the Commission and the applicant may at any time agree in writing, the Commission has neither issued a certificate of completion nor given notice to the applicant that the Commission has refused the application, the Commission shall be deemed to have refused the application.

Prospective

52KVesting of aquaculture licences on death or bankruptcy of holderN.I.

(1)On the death of the holder of an aquaculture licence, the licence shall be regarded as property forming part of the deceased's personal estate, whether or not it would be so regarded apart from this subsection, and shall accordingly vest in his personal representatives.

(2)If a bankruptcy order is made against the holder of an aquaculture licence, the licence shall be regarded for the purposes of Parts VIII to X of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (insolvency of individuals; bankruptcy) as property forming part of the bankrupt's estate, whether or not it would be so regarded apart from this subsection, and shall accordingly vest as such in the trustee in bankruptcy.

(3)A person in whom an aquaculture licence vests under this section shall become the holder of the aquaculture licence, in place of the prior holder, from the date of the vesting.

(4)Where an aquaculture licence vests in any person under this section, that person shall give notice of that fact to the Commission not later than the end of the period of 90 days, or such longer period as may be agreed with the Commission, beginning with the date of the vesting.

Prospective

52LTransfer, etc. of aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)An aquaculture licence may be transferred to another person in accordance with the following provisions of this section.

(2)Where the holder of an aquaculture licence desires that the licence be transferred to another person (“the proposed transferee”) the aquaculture licence holder and the proposed transferee shall jointly make an application to the Commission for a transfer of the licence.

(3)An application under subsection (2) for the transfer of an aquaculture licence shall be made on a form provided by the Commission for the purpose, accompanied by—

(a)such information as the Commission may reasonably require;

(b)where the aquaculture licence has been granted subject to the consent of the owner or lawful occupier of the foreshore, bed of the sea, estuary or any fishery, the consent in writing of that owner or lawful occupier, as the case may be, to the proposed transfer of the licence;

(c)the fee payable in accordance with section 52N; and

(d)the licence.

(4)If the Commission is not satisfied that the licence should be transferred to the proposed transferee, it shall give notice of its refusal to transfer the licence to the holder of the aquaculture licence and the proposed transferee.

(5)If, on an application under subsection (2), the Commission is satisfied that the licence should be transferred to the proposed transferee, the Commission shall effect a transfer of the aquaculture licence to the proposed transferee.

(6)The Commission shall effect a transfer of an aquaculture licence under subsection (5) by causing the licence to be endorsed with the name and other particulars of the proposed transferee as the holder of the licence from such date specified in the endorsement as may be agreed with the applicants.

(7)Nothing in this section shall affect the liability of the holder of an aquaculture licence for any failure by him, before any transfer under subsection (5) took effect, to comply within any condition of that licence.

52MRegister of aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)The Commission shall, in such manner as may be prescribed, maintain a register containing prescribed particulars of, or relating to, aquaculture licences.

(2)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), a register under this section may be maintained in electronic form.

(3)The Commission shall—

(a)ensure that the contents of a register maintained under this section are available, at all reasonable times, for inspection (including, where practicable, inspection by electronic means) by the public free of charge; and

(b)afford members of the public reasonable facilities for obtaining from the Commission, on payment of reasonable charges, copies of entries in the register.

(4)A register maintained under this section shall be conclusive evidence as to the terms of any aquaculture licence, or any condition to which such a licence is subject, as that licence, or that condition, as the case may be, has effect for the time being.

52NFees in respect of applications for aquaculture licences, etc.N.I.

(1)The Commission may in such manner as may be prescribed, provide for the payment to the Commission of fees in relation to—

(a)applications for aquaculture licences under section 52B;

(b)the subsistence of an aquaculture licence;

(c)applications for the variation of an aquaculture licence under section 52H;

(d)applications for the surrender of an aquaculture licence under section 52J;

(e)applications for the transfer of an aquaculture licence under section 52L.

(2)Regulations under subsection (1) may provide for the refund (in whole or in part) of fees in prescribed circumstances.

Foyle and Carlingford Aquaculture Licensing Appeals BoardN.I.

52OFoyle and Carlingford Aquaculture Licensing Appeals BoardN.I.

(1)There is hereby established a body to be known as the Foyle and Carlingford Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board (“the Appeals Board”).

(2)The Appeals Board shall consist of 8 members to be appointed by NSMC.

(3)At least one of the members of the Appeals Board shall be a solicitor or barrister qualified to practice in any part of the Foyle Area or the Carlingford Area.

(4)In appointing the other members of the Appeals Board, NSMC shall—

(a)have regard to the desirability of having as members of the Appeals Board persons with knowledge and experience of fisheries, aquaculture, financial matters or environmental protection; and

(b)to the extent practicable, endeavour to ensure that there is an equitable balance between men and women in the composition of the Appeals Board.

(5)NSMC shall appoint a Chairperson from among the members of the Appeals Board.

(6)The Department may make regulations providing for the payment to the Appeals Board of fees in relation to appeals under section 52P.

(7)The Department may make grants to the Appeals Board out of money appropriated by Act of the Assembly.

(8)Such grants shall be of such amounts and be made on such terms and conditions as the Department may determine.

(9)Schedule 3A shall have effect in relation to the Board.

52PAppeals from decisions with respect to aquaculture licencesN.I.

(1)A person aggrieved by a decision of the Commission—

(a)to grant or to refuse to grant an aquaculture licence;

(b)to specify any condition in an aquaculture licence;

(c)to vary an aquaculture licence under section 52G;

(d)to vary or to refuse to vary an aquaculture licence under section 52H;

(e)to revoke an aquaculture licence under section 52I;

(f)to refuse to transfer an aquaculture licence under section 52L;

(g)to refuse to accept the surrender of an aquaculture licence under section 52J;

may appeal to the Appeals Board.

(2)An appeal to the Appeals Board shall be made by sending a notice of appeal to the Appeals Board so that it is received by the Appeals Board—

(a)in the case of a decision of the Commission to grant an aquaculture licence or specify any condition in an aquaculture licence, not later than 28 days after the date on which notice to grant the licence was last published in accordance with section 52C(4);

(b)in the case of a decision by the Commission to vary an aquaculture licence under section 52G or 52H, not later than 28 days after the date on which notice of the decision to vary the licence was last published in accordance with section 52G(6);

(c)in the case of a decision of the Commission—

(i)to refuse to grant an aquaculture licence;

(ii)to refuse to vary an aquaculture licence under section 52H;

(iii)to revoke an aquaculture licence; or

(iv)to refuse to transfer an aquaculture licence,

not later than 28 days after the date on which notice of the disputed decision was received by the person aggrieved;

(d)in the case of a decision (or deemed decision) of the Commission to refuse to accept the surrender of an aquaculture licence under section 52J, not later than 28 days after the date on which in accordance with subsection (5) of that section, notice of the refusal was given to the applicant or, as the case may be, the Commission was deemed to have refused the application.

(3)The Appeals Board may—

(a)confirm or set aside the decision which is the subject of the appeal, or any part of it; or

(b)substitute its decision on the matter for that of the Commission.

(4)Where, on an appeal under subsection (1), the Appeals Board determines that the decision of the Commission should be altered, the Commission shall give effect to the determination and shall publish, in such manner and such form as may be prescribed, notice of the determination.

(5)Schedule 3B shall have effect with respect to appeals under subsection (1).

(6)The Department may make regulations providing for such additional, incidental, consequential or supplemental procedural matters in respect of appeals to the Appeals Board as appear to the Department to be necessary or expedient.

(7)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (6), regulations under that subsection may make provision—

(a)in relation to the class or classes of persons who may be heard at an oral hearing;

(b)for the manner of the notification of the determination of an appeal; and

(c)the availability for inspection by the public of documents or extracts from documents relating to appeals, the period of such availability, and the purchase by the public of copies of such documents or extracts from such documents.

Prospective

52QReasons to be given for decisionsN.I.

Where—

(a)the Commission gives any decision—

(i)to grant or refuse to grant an aquaculture licence;

(ii)to specify any condition in an aquaculture licence;

(iii)to vary an aquaculture licence under section 52G;

(iv)to vary or to refuse to vary an aquaculture licence under section 52H;

(v)to revoke an aquaculture licence under section 52I;

(vi)to refuse to transfer an aquaculture licence under section 52L; or

(b)the Commission gives any decision, or is deemed to give any decision, to refuse to accept the surrender of an aquaculture licence under section 52J; or

(c)the Appeals Board gives a decision in relation to a dispute referred to it under section 52G(7) or 52I(6) or determines an appeal under section 52P,

it shall be the duty of the Commission or, as the case may be, the Appeals Board, to state the reasons for the decision or determination.

MiscellaneousN.I.

Prospective

52RRecapture of escaped stockN.I.

(1)The Commission may take such action as it considers necessary to recapture stock which has escaped from a licensed area.

(2)The Commission may, notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, authorise—

(a)the holder of an aquaculture licence; or

(b)a person other than the holder of an aquaculture licence,

to take such action as is specified in the authorisation to recapture stock which has escaped from a licensed area.

(3)An authorisation referred to in subsection (2) may be granted subject to such conditions, if any, as the Commission considers necessary or expedient.

(4)The reasonable costs of—

(a)any action taken by the Commission under subsection (1);

(b)a person taking action in pursuance of an authorisation under subsection (2),

may be recovered from the holder of the aquaculture licence whose stock has escaped as a civil debt recoverable summarily by the person who incurred the costs.

Prospective

52SOffences of making false or misleading statements or false entriesN.I.

(1)A person who, for the purpose of obtaining for himself or for another any grant of an aquaculture licence, any variation of an aquaculture licence or any transfer of an aquaculture licence, makes a statement which he knows to be false or misleading in a material particular, or recklessly makes any statement which is false or misleading in a material particular, shall be guilty of an offence.

(2)A person who intentionally makes a false entry in any record required to be kept by virtue of an aquaculture licence shall be guilty of an offence.

(3)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) or (2) shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or to both.

Prospective

52TInquiries and inspectionsN.I.

(1)Without prejudice to section 80, the Commission may, with respect to any licensed area, make such inquiries and examination by an officer of the Commission (within the meaning of section 53) or otherwise, and require from the holder of the aquaculture licence to which the licensed area relates such information as the Commission considers necessary or proper, and the holder of the aquaculture licence shall afford all facilities for such inquiries and examination, and give such information, accordingly.

(2)Without prejudice to any provision of Part VII, for the purpose of an examination under subsection (1) an officer authorised in writing in that behalf by the Commission, on producing his authority if so required, may at any reasonable time—

(a)enter any licensed area; and

(b)examine that area and all fish, buildings, structures, rafts, trays, devices and other things found there; and

(c)obtain, take away and dispose of samples (which shall be marked, labelled or otherwise made capable of identification) of any fish, animal or plant or of any water or other substance, found there,

and the holder of an aquaculture licence shall afford to such an officer facilities for the exercise by him of any right conferred by this subsection.

(3)Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorising any person to enter—

(a)any enclosed garden;

(b)any dwelling-house or the curtilage thereof.

52URegulationsN.I.

(1)Regulations made under this Part by the Commission shall be subject to the approval of NSMC.

(2)As soon as practicable after it makes any regulations under this Part, the Commission or, as the case may be, the Department, shall publish in at least two newspapers circulating in the Foyle Area and the Carlingford Area notice—

(a)stating that the regulations have been made and giving a general description of their content;

(b)specifying a place at which, and the hours between which, a copy of the regulations may be inspected.

(3)Regulations made under this Part by the Commission or by the Department may contain such supplementary, incidental and transitional provision as the Commission or, as the case may be, the Department, thinks necessary or appropriate.

(4)The Commission or, as the case may be, the Department, shall cause regulations made under this Part to be laid before the Assembly as soon as may be after they are made, and regulations under this Part shall be subject to negative resolution.

Prospective

52VTransitional provision – existing licences in the Foyle and Carlingford AreasN.I.

(1)This section applies to a licence which—

(a)is granted under section 11, Part IX or Part IXA, as the case may be, of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966;

(b)is in force immediately before the coming into operation of Article 3 of the Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2007; and

(c)authorises the doing of any act in any area of the Foyle Area or the Carlingford Area in respect of which the provisions contained in that Article are in operation.

(2)On and after the coming into operation of Article 3 of the Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2007, a licence to which this section applies shall, for so long as it would have continued in force apart from this section, have effect as an aquaculture licence granted under section 52A, subject to the same conditions as were attached to the licence immediately before that Article came into operation.

Prospective

52WTransitional provision – applications, etc. for certain licences in the Foyle Area and the Carlingford AreaN.I.

(1)This section applies to an application for a licence under section 11, Part IX or Part IXA of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 which—

(a)relates to any area in the Foyle Area or the Carlingford Area in respect of which the provisions contained in Article 3 of the Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 are in operation; and

(b)has not been determined by the Department before the date on which the provisions of Article 3 of that Order came into operation as respects that area.

(2)Subject to paragraph (3), the provisions of this Part and any regulations made under any provision of this Part shall apply to applications to which this section applies as if they were applications under this Part.

(3)Anything done in relation to an application to which this section applies under a relevant provision of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 shall be deemed to have been done under the corresponding provision of this Act.

(4)In subsection (3), “relevant provision” means any of the following provisions of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966—

(a)sections 11 to 11C;

(b)Part IX;

(c)Part IXA.

52XInterpretationN.I.

(1)In this Part—

  • the Appeals Board” means the Foyle and Carlingford Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board established by section 52O(1);

  • aquaculture” means the farming or cultivation of any fish, aquatic invertebrate animal or aquatic plant, including any aquatic form of food suitable for the nutrition of fish;

  • aquaculture licence” means an aquaculture licence applied for or granted under this Part;

  • licensed area” means the area specified in an aquaculture licence;

  • notice” means notice in writing;

  • notice of appeal” means a notice of appeal under section 52P(2);

  • prescribed” means prescribed by regulations under this Part;

  • “regulations” (except in sections 52O(6) and 52P(6)) means regulations made by the Commission under this Part;

  • vary”, in relation to the conditions of an aquaculture licence, means adding to the conditions or varying or rescinding any of the conditions, and “variation” shall be construed accordingly.

(2)In this Part, “fish” means—

(a)freshwater fish of any kind;

(b)salmon and other fish of a kind that migrates to and from the sea;

(c)eels and elvers;

(d)sea-fish;

(e)shell-fish;

(f)the spawn, fry, brood and spat of any fish;

(g)any part of any fish.

(3)In subsection (2)(a), “freshwater fish” means any fish living in fresh water, other than a kind of fish that migrates to and from the sea.]

PART VIIN.I.POWERS OF AUTHORISED PERSONS

53Definitions.N.I.

In this Part—

  • “authorised person” means (except where the context otherwise requires) a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, a member or officer of the Commission or a private river watcher;

  • “officer of the Commission” means an inspector or river watcher appointed under section fifty-four;

  • “private river watcher” means a river watcher appointed under section fifty-five.

54Appointment of inspectors and river watchers.N.I.

(1)The Commission may by instrument under its common seal appoint a person to be—

(a)an inspector, or

(b)a river watcher,

and may revoke such instrument.

(2)An instrument under this section shall not be subject to stamp duty.

55Appointment of river watchers by persons interested in fisheries.N.I.

(1)Each of the following persons—

(a)any person interested in the preservation of the fish of any river in the Londonderry Area[F36 or the Newry Area],

(b)any persons who have united themselves into a society for the preservation of any fishery in any such river,

(c)the owner of any fishery in any such river,

(d)the owner of any salmon fishery on the sea coast,

may, from time to time, by instrument in writing in the form set out in the Fifth Schedule to this Act, appoint any person to be a river watcher for the protection of the fisheries on such part of the sea coast or in any such river or the tributaries thereof.

(2)A person appointed to be a river watcher under this section shall not act in that capacity until his appointment is confirmed (which confirmation shall be effected by endorsing the instrument of appointment) by any resident magistrate acting for the petty sessions district within which the river watcher is appointed to act.

(3)A court of summary jurisdiction may upon complaint made to it revoke the appointment of a person appointed under this section to act within the petty sessions district for which that court sits, and thereupon the appointment shall be determined.

(4)If any person acts as a private river watcher without having his appointment confirmed under sub-section (2) of this section or after his appointment has been revoked under sub-section (3) of this section, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding[F37 £10].

F36SI 1999/859

Valid from 01/06/2008

[F3855ADuration of appointment of river watchersN.I.

(1)Any person whose appointment as a river watcher is confirmed after the coming into operation of Article 20 of the Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 shall, unless his appointment is renewed under section 55B, cease to be a river watcher on the expiration of 5 years from the date of that confirmation.

(2)Any person whose appointment as a river watcher was confirmed before the coming into operation of that Article shall, unless his appointment is renewed under section 55B, cease to be a river watcher—

(a)on the expiration of the period of 5 years from the date of that confirmation; or

(b)on the expiration of the period of 1 year from the coming into operation of that Article,

whichever is the later.

(3)A person who ceases by virtue of this section to be a river watcher may be re-appointed as such under section 55.

Valid from 01/06/2008

55BRenewal of appointment as river watcherN.I.

(1)Where a person (“the applicant”) intends to renew the appointment of a river watcher, he shall, not less than 6 weeks before the date on which the appointment is to cease to have effect, serve a notice, in such form and containing such particulars as may be prescribed, on—

(a)the clerk of petty sessions; and

(b)the Commission.

(2)Where the Commission objects to the renewal of the appointment of a river watcher, it shall, within 21 days of receiving a notice under subsection (1), notify the applicant and the clerk of petty sessions of its objection and of the grounds thereof.

(3)Where, within the time specified in subsection (2), the clerk of petty sessions has received no notice of an objection under that subsection, he shall confirm the appointment and endorse the instrument of appointment to that effect.

(4)Where the Commission notifies the applicant that there is an objection to the renewal of the appointment, the applicant may apply to the appropriate court for confirmation of the renewal of the appointment and Part VII of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 shall apply to any such application as if it were an application referred to in Article 76(1)(b) of that Order.

(5)The confirmation of the renewal of the appointment of a person as a river watcher pursuant to an application under subsection (4) shall be effected by the resident magistrate endorsing the instrument of appointment.

(6)Where the appointment of a person as a river watcher has been renewed under this section, the clerk of petty sessions shall notify the Commission of that renewal as soon as practicable.]

56Limitations on exercise of powers.N.I.

(1)The powers conferred by this Part on a private river watcher shall be exercised only for the protection of the fisheries specified in his instrument of appointment.

(2)The powers conferred by this Part on a member or officer of the Commission shall be exercised only for the protection of the fisheries of the Foyle Area[F39 or the Carlingford Area].

F39SI 1999/859

57Warrant for exercise of powers.N.I.

The production by an officer of the Commission or a private river watcher of his instrument of appointment under this Part shall be a sufficient warrant for his exercising the powers conferred on him by this Part, but the production of such instrument by him shall not be necessary in exercising those powers unless he has been first required to produce it.

58General powers.N.I.

(1)An authorised person may, for the purposes of the protection of the fisheries, do all or any of the following things—

(a)enter into and pass through or along [F40 or remain on] the banks or borders of any rivers frequented by salmon or trout or of the tributaries thereof,

(b)with boats or otherwise enter upon any such rivers,

(c)enter upon and examine all weirs, sluices, mill dams, mill races and watercourses communicating with such rivers,

(d)enter any boat which has been or is engaged or is about to engage in fishing,

(e)examine all standing, floating or other nets whatsoever,

(f)seize any unlawful fishing engine or any lawful fishing engine which is being unlawfully used,

(g)do all such other acts and things as he is authorised to do by or under this Act.

(2)Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorising any person to enter any enclosed garden or any dwelling-house or the curtilage thereof except where the ordinary road or passage to any weir, dam or dyke traverses such garden or curtilage.

59Power of justice of the peace to grant warrant to enter certain places.N.I.

(1)Where upon an information on oath it appears to any justice of the peace that there are reasonable grounds for believing that a breach of the provisions of this Act or any instrument made thereunder has been committed within any enclosed garden or any dwelling-house or the curtilage thereof, he may by warrant under his hand empower an authorised person to enter the said garden or dwelling-house or the curtilage thereof, at such times in the day or night as may be mentioned in the warrant.

(2)A warrant under this section shall not continue in force for more than seven days from the date thereof.

60Boarding and examination of fishing vessels.N.I.

(1)A member or officer of the Commission or member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary may, subject to any directions and regulations given or made by the Commission, do with respect to any vessel employed in fishing, all or any of the following things—

(a)board such vessel,

(b)examine the certificate of registry and the fishing engines of such vessel, and ascertain whether the provisions of this Act or the Fisheries Acts have been complied with and whether the master or other persons on board are carrying on fishing in the manner required by this Act,

(c)seize any unlawful fishing engine or any lawful fishing engine unlawfully used.

(2)If the master of any fishing vessel refuses to produce the certificate of registry of such vessel when required to do so by a member or officer of the Commission or member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.

61Apprehension of offenders.N.I.

(1)If, within the Foyle Area[F41 or the Carlingford Area], any person (in this section referred to as the offender) is found offending against the provisions of the Fisheries Acts or this Act or the corresponding law of the Republic of Ireland, the following provisions shall have effect:—

(a)an authorised person may require the offender to do either or both of the following things—

(i)desist from such offence;

(ii)give his name and address;

(b)if the offender, after being so required, wilfully continues such offence or fails or refuses to give his name and address, the authorised person and any persons acting under his directions may apprehend the offender;

(c)where the offender is apprehended under this section by an authorised person who is not a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, that person shall, subject to sub-section (2) of this section, forthwith deliver the offender into the custody of a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to be dealt with according to law.

(2)If the authorised person who apprehended the offender or a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary into whose custody he has been delivered has reason to believe that—

(a)the offender is resident in the Republic of Ireland, and

(b)the offence is an offence under the said corresponding law of the Republic of Ireland,

he may forthwith deliver the offender into the custody of a member of the police forces of the Republic of Ireland to be dealt with according to that law.

(3)Where a person is delivered into the custody of a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in purported compliance with a provision of the law of the Republic of Ireland corresponding to this section, the member shall take him into custody to be dealt with according to law.

F41SI 1999/859

62Powers in relation to fishing engines, etc.N.I.

Where an authorised person finds—

(a)during the annual close season or the weekly close time—

(i)any passage in any fishing engine or contrivance closed or obstructed, or

(ii)any fishing engine or other contrivance whatsoever placed or used in contravention of this Act or any instrument made thereunder, or

(b)at any time, any obstruction in a fish pass, or

(c)at any time, any obstruction in the waste gate appurtenant to any mill or factory when such waste gate is required by law to be open,

he may open such passages and remove such obstructions, doing no unnecessary damage, and seize and remove all things so found or used contrary to the provisions of the Fisheries Acts or this Act or any instrument made thereunder.

63Powers of inspection, examination, and detention.N.I.

(1)Every person (in this section referred to as an authorised officer) being a member or officer of the Commission or member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary is hereby authorised to do all or any of the following things—

(a)to stop and search any person conveying or suspected to be conveying fish of any kind or any instrument, poison or explosive used or adapted for killing or taking fish unlawfully and to [F42 examine] any fish, instrument or substance which such person is found to be conveying and for that purpose to open and search any vehicle or package in which any fish, instrument or substance is being or is suspected to be conveyed;

(b)at all reasonable times to enter upon and have free access to the interior of—

(i)any premises in which fish is or is believed to be sold, or kept, exposed or stored for sale, or

(ii)any premises in which any instrument or substance intended for the destruction of fish is or is believed to be kept, or

(iii)the premises of any person engaged in the business of carrying goods for reward, or

(iv)any aerodrome, pier, quay, wharf, jetty or dock or premises thereon, or

(v)any ship, boat, aircraft, railway wagon, motor lorry, cart, or other vessel or vehicle used for the conveyance of goods, [F43 or

(vi)any hotel, guest house, restaurant or other premises or place at which board and lodging or meals are provided for reward;]

(c)to examine all fish found in any place which he is authorised by this section to enter and for that purpose to open any package found in such place and containing or suspected to contain fish;

(d)to stop, enter and search, on any river or the banks thereof or any part of the sea or the shores thereof any boat used or suspected to be used for fishing or containing or suspected to contain fish unlawfully captured and to examine all fish and all fishing engines found therein and for that purpose to open any package which contains or is suspected to contain any fish or fishing engine;

(e)to take, remove and detain in his custody any fish (either together with or without any package in which the same may be contained) found in the course of the exercise of any of the powers conferred by this section in respect of which an offence under [F44 the Fisheries Acts or] this Act is being or is suspected of being committed or which have been or are suspected of having been unlawfully captured;

(f)to take, remove and detain in his custody any fishing engine [F45, boat, vehicle or article] liable or believed to be liable to forfeiture under the Fisheries Acts or this Act;

(g)to demand and take the name and address of the person having custody of any fish or other article which the authorised officer is authorised under this section to examine and also demand and take from such person the name and address of the owner of such fish or other article.

(2)Where an authorised officer detains in his custody under the authority of this section any fish or other article he shall, as soon as may be, take such steps as may be proper to have the person guilty or suspected to be guilty of the offence committed or suspected to have been committed in relation to such fish or other article dealt with according to law.

(3)Where an authorised officer detains in his custody under the authority of this section any fish and such fish is likely to become unfit for human food before the matter can conveniently be dealt with by any court, he shall produce such fish to a justice of the peace, and if authorised so to do by such justice of the peace shall destroy or otherwise dispose of such fish.

(4)A justice of the peace to whom any fish is produced in pursuance of this section shall, if he is of opinion that the fish ought in the circumstances to be destroyed or otherwise disposed of, give to the person producing the fish a certificate in writing describing the fish and any marks, peculiarities or other particulars thereof pointed out to him by such person and authorising such person to destroy or otherwise dispose of the fish, which certificate shall be conclusive evidence of all such matters of fact as aforesaid stated therein.

(5)Every person who refuses to give his own name and address or the name and address of any other person (so far as known to him) when lawfully demanded under this section shall be guilty of an offence against this Act [F46 and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £200].

F47[64Procedure for disposal of boat or fishing engine seized.N.I.

Where a person, in exercise of powers conferred on him by this Part, seizes in Northern Ireland, any boat or fishing engine, he shall, as soon as may be, apply to a court of summary jurisdiction sitting for the petty sessions district in which it was seized for an order for its disposal under this section and thereupon the following provisions shall have effect:—

(a)if, in the case of a boat, the court finds that, at the time of its seizure, it had been, was being, or was about to be, used for a purpose which under this Act is unlawful, the court shall order it to be forfeited;

(b)if, in the case of a fishing engine, the court finds that it is one the use of which is prohibited by law, the court shall order it to be forfeited and destroyed;

(c)if, in the case of a fishing engine, the court finds that it is a lawful fishing engine which at the time of its seizure had been, was being or was about to be, unlawfully used in any part of the Foyle Area[F48 or the Carlingford Area], the court shall order it to be forfeited;

(d)in any other case, the court shall order the boat or fishing engine to be returned to the person who appears to the court to be the owner thereof.]

65Protection of authorised persons.N.I.

No authorised person shall be liable for any loss or damage occasioned by or in the course of the exercise of any of the powers conferred on him by this Part unless such loss or damage was caused by him wantonly or maliciously.

66Penalty for assaulting or obstructing authorised persons.N.I.

If any person assaults, obstructs or impedes any person exercising any power conferred by this Part, he shall be guilty of an offence against this Act and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding[F49 £20] or to imprisonment for any term not exceeding two months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

PART VIIIN.I.LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

67Application of penal provisions of Act.N.I.

The provisions of this Act relating to offences apply to—

(a)acts and omissions in the Londonderry Area[F50 or the Newry Area] by any person, and

(b)acts and omissions in any part of the Foyle Area[F50 or the Carlingford Area] by a person resident in Northern Ireland.

F50SI 1999/859

68Penalties for offences.N.I.

(1)Any person who commits an offence against this Act for which a penalty is not provided by any other provision of this Act shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding[F51 level 2 on the standard scale] and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding five pounds for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.

(2)The Commission may prescribe lower money penalties for breach of a particular regulation than those provided under sub-section (1) of this section and that sub-section shall, in any such case, be construed as if such lower penalties were substituted for those so provided.

69Saving for acts done for artificial propagation, scientific purposes or improvement of fisheries.N.I.

Nothing in this Act shall prohibit anything done by the Commission or by a person previously authorised in writing by the Commission in that behalf for the purpose of the artificial propagation of fish, for some scientific purpose or for the improvement of any fishery.

70Residence of body corporate.N.I.

For the purposes of this Part a body corporate shall be deemed to be resident in Northern Ireland if it is incorporated under the law of Northern Ireland.

71Offences by bodies corporate.N.I.

Where an offence against this Act was committed by a body corporate and is proved to have been so committed with the consent or approval of, or to have been facilitated by any neglect on the part of any person, being a director, manager, secretary or other officer of the body corporate, that person shall also be guilty of the offence and may be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

72Trial of offences.N.I.

Notwithstanding anything contained in any other enactment, an offence against this Act may be heard and determined by a court of summary jurisdiction upon the complaint, oral or otherwise, of the Commission or an officer of the Commission or a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary but not of any other person, except with the consent of the Commission.

73Evidence of mouths of rivers, boundaries between tidal and freshwater portions of rivers, points of mouths of rivers to or from which distances are to be measured.N.I.

(1)Where any regulations define—

(a)the mouth of a river, or

(b)the mouth of any tributary river, or

(c)the boundary between the tidal and freshwater portions of any river, or

(d)the point or points to or from which distances are to be measured under this Act,

such mouth, boundary, point or points shall for the purposes of any proceedings under this Act be as so defined.

(2)Where any regulations define the space within which it is by or under this Act prohibited to use certain fishing engines, the space so defined shall for the purposes of any proceedings under this Act be taken to be the area within which it is prohibited to use those fishing engines.

74Forfeiture of licences.N.I.

(1 )F52(a)If the person who is the holder of a licence issued by the Commission is convicted of an offence to which this sub-section applies the court may direct the licence to be forfeited and declare that person to be disqualified for holding a licence of the Commission for such period, not exceeding one year, as the court may direct.

(b)This sub-section applies to—

(i)an offence under any section of this Act,

(ii)an offence under any section of the Fisheries Acts.

(2)Where a person who is the holder of a licence issued by the Commission is convicted by a court of justice in the Republic of Ireland of an offence under the law of the Republic of Ireland relating to fisheries, and as a result of such conviction, the licence is declared to be forfeited and that person is declared to be disqualified for a particular period for holding a licence of the Commission, the Commission shall direct the licence to be forfeited and that person shall be disqualified for holding a licence for that period.

(3)Where a licence is directed to be forfeited under this section, it shall thereupon cease to be in force.

F53[(4)Where a person is convicted by a court of an offence against this Act or against the Fisheries Acts, the clerk of the court shall as soon as may be in either case forward to each of the Commission and the Fisheries Conservancy Board for Northern Ireland a duly authenticated certificate of the conviction,F54. . . .]

(5)A document purporting to be a copy of a conviction or order made by a court of justice in the Republic of Ireland and to be certified in accordance with the law of the Republic of Ireland shall, for the purposes of this section, be evidence of such conviction or order without further proof, unless the contrary is shown.

F52Where a licence is forfeited and its holder disqualified, any corresponding licence issued by the Fisheries Conservancy Board for NI is forfeited and the holder disqualified for holding a licence of the Board, 1966 c.17 (NI) s.200(3)

75Forfeiture of boats, fishing engines, etc., as statutory consequence of conviction.N.I.

Where a person is convicted of an offence against this Act, any fish illegally taken by him or in his possession at the time of the offence and also any [F55 boat or] fishing engine or thing by means or in respect of which the offence is committed shall, as a statutory consequence of conviction, stand forfeited.

76Non-obligation of Court to pronounce or record forfeiture.N.I.

Where, as a statutory consequence of a conviction under this Act, a particular thing stands forfeited, then, notwithstanding any rule of law, it shall not be necessary for the court—

(a)to pronounce the fact of such forfeiture at the time of adjudication, or

(b)to record the fact of such forfeiture in the petty sessions Order Book or in the order of conviction.

77 F56Disposal of fines.N.I.

(1)Save as provided in sub-section (2) of this section, all fines imposed for offences under this Act shall, notwithstanding any other enactment, be paid to the Commission.

(2)When a fine has been imposed for an offence under this Act and a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary was the means of bringing to justice the person by whom the offence was committed, then—

(a)one-third of that fine shall be paid to the Ministry of Home AffairsF57 and shall be appropriated in aid of the moneys provided by [F58 the Parliament of the United Kingdom] for defraying the costs, charges and expenses of the said Constabulary; and

(b)the remainder of that fine shall be paid to the Commission.

F57Now S of S, SI 1973/2163

F58SI 1973/2163

78Disposal of forfeitures.N.I.

(1)Where any thing is forfeited under this Act, the Ministry may direct that it be sold or otherwise disposed of in such manner as the Ministry thinks fit or be returned to the person who appears to the Ministry to be the owner.

(2)The net proceeds of a sale under sub-section (1) of this section shall be paid to or disposed of for the benefit of the Commission in such manner as the Ministry shall direct.

79Proof of regulations, bye-laws, etc.N.I.

(1)In any proceedings, a document purporting to be a copy of any instrument in writing made or issued (whether before or after the passing of this Act) under the Fisheries Acts or this Act in relation to the Foyle Area[F59 or the Carlingford Area] or any part thereof shall, if it is certified under the common seal of the Commission to be a true copy, be prima facie evidence of the instrument.

(2)The Documentary Evidence Act, 1868 [1868 c.37] , as amended by the Documentary Evidence Act, 1882 [1882 c.9] , shall apply to the Commission in like manner as the said Acts apply to certain rule-making authorities under section threeF60 of the Rules Publication Act (Northern Ireland), 1925 [1925 c.6] .

80Inquiries.N.I.

(1)The Commission may from time to time hold an inquiry in relation to the fisheries of the Foyle Area[F61 or the Carlingford Area] or any of them and the best means to be adopted for the management, conservation, protection or improvement thereof.

(2)An inquiry may be conducted by the Commission or by a person appointed by it for the purpose.

F61SI 1999/859

81Powers in relation to inquiry.N.I.

(1)The Commission or person holding an inquiry may—

(a)summon witnesses to attend at the inquiry,

(b)examine on oath (which any member of the Commission or that person, as the case may be, is hereby authorised to administer) witnesses attending at the inquiry,

(c)require any witness to produce any documents in his power or control which the Commission or that person, as the case may be, considers necessary for the purposes of the inquiry.

(2)A witness at an inquiry shall be entitled to the same immunities and privileges as if he were a witness before the High Court.

(3)If any person—

(a)on being duly summoned to attend as a witness at an inquiry makes default in attending, or

(b)being in attendance, refuses to take an oath which he is lawfully required to take, or to produce any document in his power or control which he is lawfully required to produce, or to answer any question which he is lawfully required to answer,

he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding[F62 £25].

Valid from 01/06/2008

[F6382Calculation of time periodsN.I.

(1)In this Act, or any regulations made under this Act, where a period of time is expressed to begin on, or be reckoned from, a particular day, that day shall not be included in the period.

(2)In this Act, or any regulations made under this Act, where a period of time is expressed to end on, or to be reckoned to, a particular day, that day shall be included in the period.

(3)In this Act, or any regulations made under this Act, where the time limited for the doing of anything expires on a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday, the time so limited shall extend to and the thing may be done on the first following day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday.

(4)Where any document or notice is received by the Commission or the Appeals Board outside the business hours of the Commission, or as the case may be, the Appeals Board, the document or notice shall be deemed to have been received on the first following day which is not a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.

(5)In subsections (3) and (4)—

(a)business hours” means such hours as may be prescribed for the purposes of this section;

(b)public holiday” means any day which is prescribed for the purposes of this section.

(6)Subsections (2), (3), (4) and (8) of section 39 of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 shall not apply to this Act.]

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