Fisheries (Consolidation) Act, 1959

Restriction on carriage of devices for obstructing meshes of net.

227.—(1) It shall not be lawful to carry, on board any Irish sea-fishing boat anywhere or on board any other sea-fishing boat within the exclusive fishery limits of the State, any device by means of which the mesh of any part of a net then carried on board such boat could be obstructed or otherwise in effect diminished.

(2) If any device is carried on board a sea-fishing boat in contravention of this section, each of the following: persons, namely, the master, the owner and the charterer (if any) of such boat, shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds.

(3) Where a person is convicted of an offence under this section, any device by means of which the offence was committed shall, as a statutory consequence of conviction, stand forfeited.