Fisheries (Consolidation) Act, 1959

Boarding and examination of fishing vessels.

298.—(1) Any officer appointed by the Minister or any inspector or water keeper appointed by a board of conservators may, subject to any directions and regulations given or made by the Revenue Commissioners, do with respect to any vessel employed in fishing, all or any of the following things:—

(a) board such vessel,

(b) examine the certificate of registry and the fishing engines of such vessel, and ascertain whether the provisions of this Act have been complied with and whether the master and other persons on board are carrying on fishing in the manner required by this Act,

(c) seize any unlawful fishing engine or any lawful fishing engine unlawfully used.

(2) If the master of any fishing vessel refuses to produce the certificate of registry of such vessel when required to do so by an officer of the Minister, a conservators' water keeper or an inspector appointed by a board of conservators, he shall be guilty of an offence under this subsection and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding ten pounds.