CHAPTER 279
FISHERIES ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
OFFICERS

   3.   Fisheries officers.

PART III
DEVELOPMENT AND CONTROL OF THE FISHING INDUSTRY

   4.   Minister may regulate fish industry.

   5.   Minister may impose restrictions.

   6.   Preference to be given to citizens.

PART IV
REGULATIONS

   7.   Regulations.

PART V
OFFENCES

   8.   Penalty for offences.

   9.   Power of search and seizure.

   10.   Seizure and forfeiture of things used for the commission of offences.

   11.   Forfeiture of things in respect of which offences are committed.

   12.   Forfeiture of vessel or vehicle.

   13.   Obstructing officers.

PART VI
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   14.   Exemptions.

   15.   Indemnity.

   16.   This Act to prevail over any by-laws.

   17.   [Repeal of R.L. Cap. 295.]

   18.   [Repeal of R.L. Cap. 368.]

CHAPTER 279
THE FISHERIES ACT

An Act to make provision for the protection, conservation, development, regulation and control of fish, fish products, aquatic flora and products and for related matters.

[1st March, 1973]
[G.N. No. 23 of 1973]

Acts Nos.
6 of 1970
10 of 1994
29 of 1994

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Fisheries Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires–

   "aquatic flora" means all aquatic plants and other members of the aquatic vegetable kingdom and includes corals, sponges and weeds;

   "authorised officer" means the Chief Fisheries Officer or any fisheries officer or other officer or any person authorised in writing by the Minister or the Chief Fisheries Officer to exercise any power or to discharge any duty under this Act.

   "Chief Fisheries Officer" means the officer appointed under section 3;

   "close period" means any period during which, in relation to any specie or kind of fish, fish product or aquatic flora, such fish, fish product or aquatic flora, as the case may be, may not be captured, killed, injured, gathered or collected by any means whatsoever;

   "controlled area" means an area declared to be a controlled area under this Act;

   "dam" includes any fixed obstruction used for the purpose of damming, impounding, retaining or controlling the flow of water;

   "fish" means all forms of aquatic or amphibious life (including turtles, crabs and shell fish and includes the spat, brood, fry, spawn, ova and young of all such fish, but does not include any aquatic or amphibious animal to which the provisions of the Wildlife Conservation Act * apply or the young of any such animal;

   "fish product" means anything made, collected or obtained from fish, and includes fish meal, dried fish, fish manure, offal, fish silage, canned fish, oil or any fish, pearl, mother-of-pearl, shell, bêche de mer, ambergris, larva and sponge;

   "fishing" means collection, capture, gathering, killing, snaring or trapping of fish, fish product or aquatic flora;

   "fishing gear" means any note, line, cork, buoy, basket, trap, hook or other article, apparatus, structure, construction or installation whatsoever used for the purpose of fishing;

   "fishing vessel" means any boat or other aquatic or amphibious craft or vehicle used, outfitted or designed for the purpose of collecting, capturing, gathering, processing or transporting fish, whether operating on, above or below water;

   "fishing weir" means any erection, structure, construction or obstruction whatsoever placed across or in any waters and temporarily or permanently fixed to or resting on the bed or a bank, which is designed for the purpose of collection, gathering, capturing, killing or injuring of fish, fish product or aquatic flora, and includes stake nets and basket traps;

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