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The Fisheries (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1991

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Issue of permits by DepartmentN.I.

5.  After section 7 of the principal Act (compilation and publication of angling guide) there shall be inserted the following—

Permits to fish in Department's watersN.I.

7A.(1) Where the Department owns the fishing rights in any waters—

(a)the Department may issue permits, or make arrangements for their issue through agents, for periods not exceeding one year, authorising the holder of such a permit to use a fishing engine in the waters to which the permit relates; and

(b)may, subject to subsection (2), charge for the issue of such permits such reasonable sums as the Department of Finance and Personnel may approve.

(2) The Department may under subsection (1)(a) issue complimentary permits to persons not ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland and nothing in this Act shall require such persons to make any payment in respect of such permits.

(3) Where permits are issued under subsection (1) in relation to any waters, any person who, without obtaining such a permit, uses a fishing engine in those waters, shall be guilty of an offence.

(4) Section 45 (offence of falsifying, etc. licences) shall apply in relation to any permit issued under subsection (1) as if—

(a)for any reference in that section to a fishing licence there were substituted a reference to such a permit, and

(b)for the reference in paragraph (c) of that section to the Board there were substituted a reference to the Department..

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