The Prohibition of Keeping of Live Fish (Crayfish) Order 1996

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Published: 1996-04-15

Statutory Instruments
1996 No. 1104

RIVER, ENGLAND AND WALES
SALMON AND FRESHWATER FISHERIES
The Prohibition of Keeping of Live Fish (Crayfish) Order 1996

Made
15th April 1996

Laid before Parliament
17th April 1996

Coming into force
29th May 1996

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in relation to England, and the Secretary of State for Wales, in relation to Wales, in exercise of the powers conferred on them by section 1(1) of the Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980(1) and all other enabling powers in that behalf; and, in accordance with section 1(2) of the Act, after consultation with the Nature Conservancy Council for England and the Countryside Council for Wales and such other persons as the Minister and the Secretary of State consider appropriate; and being of the opinion that the species of live fish to which this Order applies might compete with, displace, prey on or harm the habitat of any freshwater fish, shellfish or salmon in England and Wales, hereby make the following Order:

Citation, commencement, extent and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Prohibition of Keeping of Live Fish (Crayfish) Order 1996, shall come into force on 29 May 1996 and shall extend to England and Wales.

(2) In this Order “crayfish” means a freshwater decapod crustacean of the Families Astacidae, Cambaridae or Parastacidae, other than the species Austropotamobius pallipes (commonly known as the Atlantic stream, or white clawed, crayfish).

Prohibition of keeping of crayfish

2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) below, no person shall keep any live crayfish, except under the authority of a licence granted by the Minister.

(2) The prohibition specified in paragraph (1) above shall not apply to crayfish of the species Pacifastacus leniusculus (commonly known as the signal crayfish) kept within those parts of England and Wales which are within the postcode areas set out in column 1 (and described in column 2), as read with column 3, of the Schedule to this Order.

Tony Baldry
Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
10th April 1996

Rod Richards
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Welsh Office
15th April 1996

Article 2

SCHEDULEPARTS OF ENGLAND AND WALES IN WHICH NO LICENCE IS REQUIRED TO KEEP CRAYFISH OF THE SPECIES PACIFASTACUS LENIUSCULUS

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

Postcode Areas
Town on which postcode area is centred
Postal districts in postcode area within which no licence is required

AL
St Albans
All

B
Birmingham
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B10, B12, B13, B14, B15, B16, B17, B18, B19, B20, B21, B25, B27, B28, B29, B30, B31, B32, B38, B45, B47, B48, B49, B50, B60, B61, B62, B63, B64, B65, B66, B67, B68, B69, B70, B71, B80, B94, B95, B96, B97, B98

BA
Bath
All

BH
Bournemouth
BH1, BH2, BH3, BH4, BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8, BH9, BH10, BH11, BH12, BH13, BH14, BH15, BH16, BH17, BH18, BH19, BH20, BH21, BH22, BH31

BN
Brighton
All

BR
Bromley
All

BS
Bristol
All

CB
Cambridge
All

CM
Chelmsford
All

CO
Colchester
All

CR
Croydon
All

CT
Canterbury
CT5, CT19, CT20, CT21

CV
Coventry CV1, CV2, CV3, CV4, CV5, CV6, CV8, CV21, CV22, CV23, CV31, CV32, CV33, CV34, CV35, CV36, CV37

DA
Dartford
All

DT
Dorchester
All

DY
Dudley
All

E
London E
All

EC
London EC
All

EN
Enfield
All

EX
Exeter
EX19, EX20, EX21, EX22, EX23, EX31, EX32, EX33, EX34, EX35, EX35, EX36, EX37, EX38, EX39

GL
Gloucester
GL1, GL2, GL3, GL4, GL5, GL6, GL7, GL8, GL9, GL10, GL11, GL12, GL13, GL14, GL18, GL19, GL20, GL51, GL52, GL53, GL54, GL55, GL56

GU
Guildford
All

HA
Harrow
All

HP
Hemel Hempstead
All

IG
Ilford
All

IP
Ipswich
IP1, IP2, IP3, IP4, IP5, IP6, IP7, IP8, IP9, IP10, IP11, IP24, IP26, IP27, IP28, IP29, IP30, IP31

KT
Kingston
All

LD
Llandrindod Wells
LD7, LD8

LE
Leicester
LE160

LU
Luton
All

ME
Maidstone
All

MK
Milton Keynes
All

N
London N
All

NG
Nottingham
NG33

NN
Northampton
All

NR
Norwich
NR1, NR2, NR3, NR4, NR5, NR6, NR7, NR8, NR9, NR10, NR11, NR12, NR13, NR14, NR15, NR16, NR18, NR19, NR20, NR21, NR22, NR23, NR24, NR25, NR26, NR27, NR28, NR29, NR30, NR31, NR32, NR33, NR34, NR35

NW
London NW
All

OX
Oxford
All

PE
Peterborough
PE1, PE2, PE3, PE4, PE5, PE6, PE7, PE8, PE9, PE10, PE11, PE12, PE14, PE15, PE16, PE17, PE18, PE19, PE20, PE30, PE31, PE32, PE33, PE34, PE37, PE38

PL
Plymouth
All

PO
Portsmouth and Isle of Wight
All

RG
Reading
All

RH
Redhill
All

RM
Romford
All

SE
London SE
All

SG
Stevenage
All

SL
Slough
All

SM
Sutton
All

SN
Swindon
All

SO
Southampton
SO14, SO15, SO16, SO17, SO18, SO19, SO20, SO21, SO22, SO23, SO24, SO31, SO32, SO50, SO51, SO52, SO53

SP
Salisbury
All

SS
Southend
All

SW
London SW
All

SY
Shrewsbury
SY1, SY2, SY3, SY4, SY5, SY6, SY7, SY8, SY9, SY10, SY11, SY15, SY16, SY17, SY21, SY22

TA
Taunton
TA1, TA2, TA5, TA6, TA7, TA8, TA9, TA10, TA11, TA12, TA13, TA14, TA15, TA16, TA17, TA18, TA19

TF
Telford
All

TN
Tunbridge Wells
TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5, TN6, TN7, TN8, TN9, TN10, TN12, TN13, TN14, TN15, TN16, TN17, TN18, TN19, TN20, TN21, TN22, TN28, TN29, TN30, TN31, TN32, TN33, TN34, TN35, TN36, TN37, TN38, TN39, TN40

TQ
Torquay
All

TR
Truro
All

TW
Twickenham
All

UB
Uxbridge
All

W
London W
All

WC
London WC
All

WS
Walsall
WS1, WS2, WS3, WS4, WS5, WS6, WS8, WS9, WS10

WV
Wolverhampton
WV1, WV2, WV3, WV4, WV5, WV6, WV7, WV12, WV13, WV14, WV15, WV16

WD
Watford
All

WR
Worcester
All

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order, which is made under section 1 of the Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980 (“the Act”), and which comes into force on 29 May 1996, prohibits, subject to an exception, the keeping in England and Wales of any species of crayfish other than the native species, opotamobius pallipes except under authority of a licence granted by the Minister. There is an exception to the prohibition in respect of crayfish of the species stacus leniusculus(signal crayfish) which are kept within those parts of England and Wales which are described by reference to postal districts in the Schedule to the Order.
Section 3 of the Act provides that any person who keeps nonnative crayfish without a valid licence or who contravenes the terms of a licence shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.
A compliance cost assessment has been prepared in relation to this Order and deposited in the libraries of both Houses of Parliament. Copies may be obtained from:
Salmon Whaling and Inland Fisheries Division Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Room 606, Nobel House 17 Smith Square London SW1P 3JR.

(1)
1980 c. 27; section 1(2) was amended by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (c. 4), section 132(1)(a) and Schedule 9, paragraph 8; section 1(3) was amended by the Fisheries Act 1981 (c. 24), section 37(2); see section 4 for definitions of “the Minister” , “fish” and “shellfish” .
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