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5Regulation of conduct of fishing operations. E+W

(1)The Ministers may, [F1whenever it appears to them necessary or expedient], by order make provision for regulating the conduct of, and safeguarding, fishing operations and operations ancillary thereto, including provision with respect to the identification and marking of fishing boats and fishing gear.

(2)The provisions of any order under subsection (1) above shall, except as provided by the order, apply—

(a)to all [F2relevant] British fishing boats, and things done by such boats and their crews, [F3wherever they may be], and

F4[(b)to all Scottish or foreign fishing boats, and things done by such boats and their crews, in waters within relevant British fishery limits]

(3)The Ministers may by order make such provision as is mentioned in subsection (1) above with respect to foreign fishing boats which, in pursuance of an arrangement for the time being in force between Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and the government of any other country, enter [F5relevant][F6British fishery limits] for the purpose of carrying on fishing operations or operations ancillary thereto, including provisions regulating the movement of those boats within those limits.

(4)Where a provision of an order under this section is not complied with in the case of a fishing boat or its crew, any person prescribed by the order in relation to that provision, being one or more of the following, that is to say the master, the owner, and the charterer, if any, shall be liable on summary conviction [F7to [F8the statutory amount]][F9or on conviction on indictment to a fine].

(5)The provisions of any order under this section shall be taken to be in addition to and not to derogate from the provisions of any other enactment or any instrument made under any other enactment.

[F10(6)This section has effect in relation to Scotland with the following modifications–

(a)in subsection (2)(a), for “relevant British fishing boats” there is substituted “Scottish fishing boats”;

(b)in subsection (2)(b)–

(i)for “Scottish” there is substituted “relevant British”; and

(ii)for “relevant British fishery limits” there is substituted “the Scottish zone”; and

(c)in subsection (3) for “relevant British fishery limits” there is substituted “the Scottish zone”.]

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E1This version of this provision extends to England and Wales only; a separate version has been created for Scotland and Northern Ireland only.

Textual Amendments

F2Word in s. 5(2)(a) inserted (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1820, art. 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 48(2)(a)(i); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

F5Word in s. 5(3) inserted (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1820, art. 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 48(2)(b); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

F8Words in s. 5(4) substituted (E.W.) (1.10.1992) by virtue of Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c. 53, SIF 39:1), s. 17(3), Sch. 4, Pt. III; S.I. 1992/333, art. 2(2), Sch. 2

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Functions exercisable jointly by Ministers under s. 5 now exercisable by Ministers and Secretary of State for Wales jointly: S.I. 1978/272, art. 2(3), Sch. 1

C2S. 5: certain functions made excercisable in or as regards N.I. for the purposes of 1998 c. 47, ss. 6, 86 and transferred by The Sea Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/790), art. 3(3), Sch. 3 paras. 2, 3

C3S. 5 functions made exercisable concurrently (31.3.2010) by The Welsh Zone (Boundaries and Transfer of Functions) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/760), arts. 1(3), 5(1)(c)

C5S. 5(1) functions made exercisable concurrently or jointly with the Welsh Ministers by 2006 c. 32, Sch. 3A para. 1 (as inserted (1.4.2018) by Wales Act 2017 (c. 4), s. 71(4), Sch. 4 para. 1 (with Sch. 7 paras. 1, 6); S.I. 2017/1179, reg. 3(p))

C6S. 5(1) functions made exercisable concurrently with the Welsh Ministers by 2006 c. 32, Sch. 3A para. 2 (as inserted (1.4.2018) by Wales Act 2017 (c. 4), s. 71(4), Sch. 4 para. 2 (with Sch. 7 paras. 1, 6); S.I. 2017/1179, reg. 3(p))

C7S. 5(2)(a) functions made exercisable concurrently or jointly with the Welsh Ministers by 2006 c. 32, Sch. 3A para. 1 (as inserted (1.4.2018) by Wales Act 2017 (c. 4), s. 71(4), Sch. 4 para. 1 (with Sch. 7 paras. 1, 6); S.I. 2017/1179, reg. 3(p))

C8S. 5(2)(a) functions made exercisable concurrently with the Welsh Ministers by 2006 c. 32, Sch. 3A para. 2 (as inserted (1.4.2018) by Wales Act 2017 (c. 4), s. 71(4), Sch. 4 para. 2 (with Sch. 7 paras. 1, 6); S.I. 2017/1179, reg. 3(p))

5Regulation of conduct of fishing operations. S+N.I.

(1)The Ministers may, [F11whenever it appears to them necessary or expedient], by order make provision for regulating the conduct of, and safeguarding, fishing operations and operations ancillary thereto, including provision with respect to the identification and marking of fishing boats and fishing gear.

(2)The provisions of any order under subsection (1) above shall, except as provided by the order, apply—

(a)to all [F12relevant] British fishing boats, and things done by such boats and their crews, [F13wherever they may be], and

F14[(b)to all Scottish or foreign fishing boats, and things done by such boats and their crews, in waters within relevant British fishery limits]

(3)The Ministers may by order make such provision as is mentioned in subsection (1) above with respect to foreign fishing boats which, in pursuance of an arrangement for the time being in force between Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom and the government of any other country, enter [F15relevant][F16British fishery limits] for the purpose of carrying on fishing operations or operations ancillary thereto, including provisions regulating the movement of those boats within those limits.

(4)Where a provision of an order under this section is not complied with in the case of a fishing boat or its crew, any person prescribed by the order in relation to that provision, being one or more of the following, that is to say the master, the owner, and the charterer, if any, shall be liable on summary conviction [F17to a fine not exceeding £1,000][F18or on conviction on indictment to a fine].

(5)The provisions of any order under this section shall be taken to be in addition to and not to derogate from the provisions of any other enactment or any instrument made under any other enactment.

[F19(6)This section has effect in relation to Scotland with the following modifications–

(a)in subsection (2)(a), for “relevant British fishing boats” there is substituted “Scottish fishing boats”;

(b)in subsection (2)(b)–

(i)for “Scottish” there is substituted “relevant British”; and

(ii)for “relevant British fishery limits” there is substituted “the Scottish zone”; and

(c)in subsection (3) for “relevant British fishery limits” there is substituted “the Scottish zone”.]

Extent Information

E2This version of this provision extends to Scotland and Northern Ireland only; a separate version has been created for England and Wales only.

Textual Amendments

F12Word in s. 5(2)(a) inserted (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1820, art. 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 48(2)(a)(i); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

F15Word in s. 5(3) inserted (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1820, art. 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 48(2)(b); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C9Functions exercisable jointly by Ministers under s. 5 now exercisable by Ministers and Secretary of State for Wales jointly: S.I. 1978/272, art. 2(3), Sch. 1

C10S. 5: certain functions made excercisable in or as regards N.I. for the purposes of 1998 c. 47, ss. 6, 86 and transferred by The Sea Fisheries (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/790), art. 3(3), Sch. 3 paras. 2, 3

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