Fisheries (Consolidation) Act, 1959

Prohibition of bag nets in certain places.

104.—(1) No bag net shall be placed or allowed to continue in any river or estuary or within a distance of three miles from the mouth of any river.

(2) If any bag net is placed or continued in contravention of this section—

(a) it shall be deemed a common nuisance and may be taken possession of or destroyed,

(b) the owner of such bag net shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not less than five pounds and not more than twenty pounds for each day during which the bag net is so placed or continued.

(3) Where a person is convicted of an offence under this section, the bag net in respect of which the offence was committed and any salmon taken thereby shall, as a statutory consequence of conviction, stand forfeited.

(4) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the placing or continuance, within three miles of the mouth of a river, of a bag net lawfully existing on the 28th day of July, 1863, if the owner of such bag net has the exclusive right of catching salmon in the whole of that river including all tributary rivers and lakes upon the course of that river.