The Third Country Fishing (Enforcement) Order 1995

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Published: 1995-03-21

Statutory Instruments
1995 No. 907

SEA FISHERIES
COMMUNITY RESTRICTIONS
The Third Country Fishing (Enforcement) Order 1995

Made
21st March 1995

Laid before Parliament
28th March 1995

Coming into force
18th April 1995

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Secretaries of State respectively concerned with sea fishing in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in exercise of the powers conferred on them by section 30(2) and (3) of the Fisheries Act 1981(1) and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Order:

Title, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Third Country Fishing (Enforcement) Order 1995 and shall come into force on 18th April 1995.

(2) In this Order, “a relevant Community provision” means a provision of a Regulation of the European Communities referred to in column 1 of the Schedule to this Order which is specified in column 2 thereof, opposite the reference to that Regulation, as read with any qualifying words relating to that provision in that column.

(3) In this Order any reference to a logbook or document includes, in addition to a logbook or document in writing—

(a)any map, plan, graph or drawing;

(b)any photograph;

(c)any disk, tape, sound track or other device in which sounds or other data (not being visual aids) are recorded so as to be capable (with or without the aid of some other equipment) of being reproduced therefrom; and

(d)any film (including microfilm), negative, tape, disk or other device in which one or more visual images are recorded so as to be capable (as aforesaid) of being reproduced therefrom.

Offences

2.  Where there is, in respect of any fishing boat to which a relevant Community provision applies, a contravention of, or failure to comply with, that provision within British fishery limits, the master of that boat shall be guilty of an offence.

Penalties

3.—(1) A person guilty of an offence under article 2 of this Order founded on a contravention of, or failure to comply with, a relevant Community provision, shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the amount specified in the appropriate entry in column 4 of that Schedule; or

(b)on conviction on indictment to a fine.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under article 2 of this Order founded on a contravention of, or failure to comply with a relevant Community provision, being article 2(2) or 3(1) of a Council Regulation referred to in column 1 of the Schedule hereto, shall also be liable—

(a)to the forfeiture of any net or other fishing gear in respect of which the offence was committed, or which was used in committing the offence; and

(b)to the forfeiture of any fish in respect of which the offence was committed, or, on summary conviction only, to a fine not exceeding the value of any fish in respect of which the offence was committed.

Recovery of fines

4.—(1) Where a fine is imposed by a magistrates' court in England and Wales or Northern Ireland on the master or a member of the crew of a fishing boat who is convicted by the court of an offence under article 2 or 7 of this Order, the court may—

(a)issue a warrant of distress against the boat and its gear and catch and any property of the person convicted for the purpose of levying the amount of the fine; and

(b)order the boat to be detained for a period not exceeding three months from the date of the conviction or until the fine is paid or the amount of the fine is levied in pursuance of any such warrant, whichever occurs first.

(2) Where a fine is imposed by a sheriff in Scotland on the master or a member of the crew of a fishing boat who is convicted by the sheriff of an offence under article 2 or 7 of this Order, the sheriff may—

(a)issue a warrant for the arrestment and sale of the boat and its gear and catch and any property of the person convicted; and

(b)order the boat to be detained for a period not exceeding three months from the date of the conviction or until the fine is paid, whichever occurs first.

(3) Sections 77(1) and 78 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980(2) (postponement of issue of, and defects in, warrants of distress) shall apply to a warrant of distress issued under this article in England and Wales as they apply to a warrant of distress issued under Part III of that Act.

(4) Articles 114(2) and 154 of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(3) (postponement of issue of and stay of execution of certain warrants and objections as to want of form or variance between complaint etc and evidence adduced) shall apply to a warrant of distress issued under this article in Northern Ireland as it applies to a warrant referred to in those articles.

Powers of British sea-fishery officers in relation to fishing boats

5.—(1) For the purpose of enforcing article 2 of this Order a British sea-fishery officer may exercise the powers conferred by paragraphs (2) to (4) of this article in relation to any fishing boat to which a relevant Community provision applies, which is within British fishery limits.

(2) He may go on board the boat, with or without persons assigned to assist him in his duties, and may require the boat to stop and do anything else which will facilitate either the boarding of, or the disembarkation from, the boat.

(3) He may require the attendance of the master and other persons on board the boat and may make any examination and inquiry which appears to him to be necessary for the purpose mentioned in paragraph (1) of this article and, in particular—

(a)may examine any fish on the boat and the equipment of the boat, including the fishing gear, and require persons on board the boat to do anything which appears to him to be necessary for facilitating the examination; and

(b)may require any person on board the boat to produce any document relating to the boat, to any fishing operations or other operations ancillary thereto or to the persons on board which is in his custody or possession and may take copies of any such document;

(c)for the purpose of ascertaining whether an offence has been committed under article 2 of this Order, may search the boat for any such document and may require any person on board the boat to do anything which appears to him to be necessary for facilitating the search;

(d)where the boat is one in relation to which he has reason to suspect that such an offence has been committed, may seize and detain any such document produced to him or found on board for the purpose of enabling the document to be used as evidence in proceedings for the offence;

but nothing in sub-paragraph (d) above shall permit any document required by law to be carried on board the boat to be seized and detained except while the boat is detained in a port.

(4) Where it appears to a British sea-fishery officer that an offence under article 2 of this Order has at any time been committed within British fishery limits, he may—

(a)require the master of the boat in relation to which the offence took place to take, or may himself take, the boat and its crew to the port which appears to him to be the nearest convenient port; and

(b)detain or require the master to detain the boat in the port;

and where such an officer detains or requires the detention of a boat he shall serve on the master a notice in writing stating that the boat will be or is required to be detained until the notice is withdrawn by the service on the master of a further notice in writing signed by a British sea-fishery officer.

Powers of British sea-fishery officers to seize fish and fishing gear

6.  Any British sea-fishery officer may seize any fish (including any receptacle which contains the fish) and any net or other fishing gear in respect of which he has reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence under article 2 of this Order founded on a contravention of, or failure to comply with, a relevant Community provision, being article 2(1) or (2), or 3(1), or (4) of a Council Regulation referred to in column 1 of the Schedule hereto.

Obstruction of officers

7.  Any person who, on any fishing boat which is within British fishery limits and to which a relevant Community provision applies—

(a)fails without reasonable excuse to comply with any requirement imposed by a British sea-fishery officer under the powers conferred on British sea-fishery officers by article 5 of this Order; or

(b)without reasonable excuse prevents any other person from complying with any such requirement; or

(c)assaults an officer who is exercising any of the powers conferred on him by articles 5 and 6 of this Order or intentionally obstructs any such officer in the exercise of any of those powers,

shall be guilty of an offence and liable—

(i)on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum; or

(ii)on conviction on indictment to a fine.

Protection of officers

8.  An officer or a person assisting him by virtue of article 5(2) of this Order shall not be liable in any civil or criminal proceedings for anything done in the purported exercise of the powers conferred on him by articles 5 and 6 of this Order if the court is satisfied that the act was done in good faith, that there were reasonable grounds for doing it and that it was done with reasonable skill and care.

Proceedings

9.  Proceedings for an offence under this Order may be taken, and the offence may for the purposes of the jurisdiction of the court to try offences, be treated as having been committed, in any place in the United Kingdom.

Admissibility in evidence of logbooks and other documents

10.  Any logbook or other document kept on board or held in accordance with a relevant Community provision shall, in any proceedings for an offence under this Order—

(a)in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, be evidence of the matters stated therein; and

(b)in Scotland, be received in evidence without being produced or sworn to by any witness and shall be sufficient evidence of the matters stated therein.

Revocation and saving

11.  The Third Country Fishing (Enforcement) Order 1994(4) is hereby revoked, but without prejudice to the application of articles 5 to 8 of that Order in relation to the enforcement of article 2 of that Order.

Michael Jack
Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
2nd March 1995

Hector Monro
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Scottish Office
7th March 1995

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Wales

Rod Richards
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Welsh Office
21st March 1995

Denton of Wakefield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
10th March 1995

Articles 1(2) and 3

SCHEDULEPENALTIES

(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)

Regulation of the European Communities
Provision
Subject Matter
Maximum fine on summary conviction

1.  Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3376/94 laying down for the period until 31st March 1995 certain measures for the conservation and management of fishery resources applicable to vessels flying the flag of Norway(5)

Article 2(1)
Compliance with specified quotas and conditions set out in Article 1 of, and Annex I to, the Regulation
£50,000

Article 2(2)

Keeping of logbook in compliance with Annex II to the Regulation

£50,000

Article 2(3)

Transmission of information in compliance with Annex III to theRegulation

The statutory maximum

Article 2(4)
Keeping on board of certified document specifying calibration of sea water tanks
The statutory maximum

Article 2(5)
Marking on vessels of registration letters and numbers
The statutory maximum

Article 3(1)
Holding of licence and special fishing permit and observance of conditions thereof
£50,000

Article 4
Restriction on methods of fishing for blue ling, ling and tusk in certain areas
£5,000

2.  Council Regulation (EEC) No. 3364/94 laying down for 1995 certain measures for the conservation and management of fishery resources applicable to vessels flying the flag of the Faroe Islands(6).

Article 2(1)
Compliance with specified quotas and conditions set out in Article 1 of, and Annex I to, the Regulation
£50,000

Article 2(2)
Keeping of logbook in compliance with Annex II to the Regulation
£50,000

Article 2(3)
Transmission of information in compliance with Annex III to the Regulation
The statutory maximum

Article 2(4)
Keeping on board of certified document specifying calibration of sea-water tanks
The statutory maximum

Article 2(5)
Marking on vessels of registration letters and numbers
The statutory maximum

Article 3(1)
Holding of licence and special fishing permit and observance of conditions thereof
£50,000

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)
This Order, which replaces and revokes the Third Country Fishing (Enforcement) Order 1994, makes breaches of specified articles of the Community Regulations (set out in column 1 of the Schedule to the Order) offences for the purposes of United Kingdom law where they occur within British fishery limits.
The Community Regulations authorise fishing in certain specified areas within member States' fishery limits for specified descriptions of fish by vessels of third countries, namely, Norway up to 31st March 1995 and the Faroe Islands throughout 1995. The offences arise out of breaches of the provisions of the Community Regulations concerning methods of fishing, the holding of licences and observance of the conditions thereof, the keeping of log books, the making of radio reports and similar matters; all are triable summarily or on indictment. On summary conviction, the master of an offending vessel will be liable to a fine not exceeding the amount specified in relation to the offence in column 4 of the Schedule to the Order and to forfeiture of fish and fishing gear and, on conviction on indictment, to a fine (article 2). The level of the maximum fine is currently £50,000 in respect of offences relating to the keeping of logbooks and the observance of licence condit!ions. The statutory maximum penalty specified in the Schedule is currently £5,000.
The Order confers powers of enforcement on British sea-fishery officers (articles 5 and 6). Provision is made for the punishment of anyone found guilty of obstructing or assaulting an officer (article 7).


(1)
1981 c. 29.

(2)
1980 c. 43; section 78 was amended by the Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c. 48), sections 37 and 46.

(3)
S.I. 1981/1675 (NI 26).

(4)
S.I. 1994/1681.

(5)
OJ No. L363, 31.12.94, p.114.

(6)
OJ No. L363, 31.12.94, p.50.
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