Fisheries (Consolidation) Act, 1959

Prohibition on having in possession for sale on board sea-fishing boats undersized sea-fish.

228.—(1) It shall not be lawful to have in possession for the purposes of sale, 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 undersized sea-fish.

(2) If there is a contravention on board any sea-fishing boat 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 the Court shall order the sea-fish, the possession whereof constituted such offence, to be destroyed unless such sea-fish have been previously destroyed.

(4) In any proceedings under this section the possession of any sea-fish on board a sea-fishing boat shall be prima facie evidence of possession of such sea-fish for the purposes of sale.