Protected Species Amendment Act 2011

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Protected Species Amendment Act 2011
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PROTECTED SPECIES AMENDMENT ACT 2011

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Citation
Amends section 2
Amends section 4
Amends section 5
Inserts section 5A
Inserts section 8A
Repeals and replaces section 9
Inserts Schedule
Commencement

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the Protected Species Act 2003;

Be it enacted by The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Senate and the House of Assembly of Bermuda, and by the authority of the
same, as follows:

Citation
This Act may be cited as the Protected Species Amendment Act 2011.

Amends section 2
Section 2 of the Protected Species Act 2003 (“the principal Act”) is amended by

inserting the following definitions in appropriate alphabetical order—

“ “conservation” means the preservation, protection, or restoration of the
natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, wildlife and
genetic diversity;

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

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“level of protection”, and “level 1”, “level 2” and “level 3”, have the meanings
given in section 5A and the Schedule;

“licensed researcher” includes an authorized officer and a person
authorized under section 8;

“recovery” includes any action that enables conservation of a protected
species, and such action includes monitoring, assessment, research,
restoration, maintenance and management; ”.

Amends section 4
Section 4(1) of the principal Act is amended by inserting after “protected species”

the words “and the requisite level of protection,” .

Amends section 5
Section 5 of the principal Act is amended by repealing subsection (1) and replacing

it with the following—

The Minister may make an order declaring any species of plant or
animal to be a protected species so as to safeguard and maintain threatened species
and protect Bermuda’s special and fragile natural resources.”

“(1)

Inserts section 5A
The principal Act is amended by inserting after section 5 the following—

“Level of protection
When declaring a species to be a protected species under section 5, the

Minister shall allocate to that protected species a level of protection that is either
level 1, level 2 or level 3, as set out in the Schedule.

In order to determine the appropriate level of protection, the Minister
shall examine the best scientific information available and shall consider—

the level of expertise needed for each stage of recovery;

the optimal strategy for the successful recovery of the species;

the projected involvement of the community in the conservation of
the species.

The Minister shall review the level of protection given to a protected
species under this section and shall amend the level if he considers that to be
appropriate.”.

5A (1)

(2)

(a)

(b)

(c)

(3)

Inserts section 8A
The principal Act is amended by inserting after section 8 the following—

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“Permits
The Minister may issue a permit on such terms and conditions as he

may determine, authorizing the holder of the permit to engage in any activity that
would otherwise be prohibited by the Act for the purpose of—

relocation of a protected species or critical habitat in order to assist
in the propagation, proliferation or survival of the protected
species;

restoration or maintenance of a protected species or critical
habitat in order to assist in the propagation, proliferation or
survival of the protected species;

destruction of a protected species or critical habitat where such
protected species or habitat is immovable, in order to prevent risk
to the health and safety of a human or to prevent destruction to a
building or structure; and

installation of utilities, trenching for underground cabling,
erection of fences and walls, and the establishment of moorings
where such activities will impact a protected species or critical
habitat.

A permit is not required for the—

planting or introduction into the environment of a protected
species; and

routine maintenance of a protected species involving minor action
which does not jeopardize the health of a protected species. ”.

8A (1)

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(2)

(a)

(b)

Repeals and replaces section 9
Section 9 of the principal Act is repealed and replaced with the following—

“Offences
A person who, unless authorized under section 8 or 8A—

wilfully damages, destroys, removes or obstructs the habitat or
nest of any protected species; or

wilfully damages, destroys, injures, disturbs, uproots, fells or kills
a level 1 protected species; or

takes, imports, exports, sells, purchases, transports or has in his
possession a level 1 protected species or any part of a level 1
protected species,

commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $25,000 or two
years imprisonment.

A person who, unless authorized under section 8 or 8A—

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(a)

(b)

(c)

(2)

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wilfully damages, destroys, injures, disturbs, uproots, fells or kills
a level 2 protected species; or

takes, imports, exports, sells or purchases a level 2 protected
species or any part of a level 2 protected species,

commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $15,000 or one
year imprisonment.

A person who, unless authorized under section 8 or 8A, wilfully
damages, destroys, injures, disturbs, uproots, fells or kills a level 3 protected
species commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $5,000
or six months imprisonment.

A person who—

contravenes any regulations or does any act in contravention of an
order or any prohibitions or restrictions imposed by an order
under this Act;

fails to comply with the terms and conditions of a licence under
section 8 or a permit under section 8A;

makes any false statement to an authorized officer or for the
purpose of obtaining a licence or a permit; or

obstructs an authorized officer in the execution of his functions
under this Act,

commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $5,000 or six
months imprisonment. ”.

(a)

(b)

(3)

(4)

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

Inserts Schedule
The principal Act is amended by inserting at the end the following Schedule—

“SCHEDULE

(Section 5A )

LEVELS OF PROTECTION FOR PROTECTED SPECIES

Level of
Protection Requirements for Protection and Recovery

Level 1 (a) A high level of expertise is required for each
stage of recovery.

(b) Optimal strategy for recovery of the species
involves licensed researchers only.

(c) No community involvement is permitted in the
conservation of the species.

Level 2 (a) A medium level of expertise is required for each
stage of recovery.

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(b) Optimal strategy for recovery of the species
involves licensed researchers and individuals
holding permits under section 8A.

(c) Community involvement in the conservation of
the species is restricted to individuals holding
permits under section 8A.

Level 3 (a) A low level of expertise is required for each
stage of recovery.

(b) Optimal strategy for recovery of the species
involves the general community.

(c) General community involvement is permitted
in the conservation of the species. ”.

Commencement
This Act comes into operation on such day as the Minister may appoint by notice

published in the Gazette.

[Assent Date: 06 December 2011]

[Operative Date: 20 January 2012]

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