Fisheries (Consolidation) Act, 1959

Persons using fishing engines to produce licence therefor on demand.

303.—(1) In this section the expression “authorised person” includes a member of a board of conservators.

(2) Any person using any scheduled engine or having any scheduled engine erected or found with a scheduled engine in his possession in or near any fishing place, or going or returning from fishing shall on demand produce, to any authorised person the ordinary licence for such engine, and, in default, such person shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine of not less than the ordinary licence duty payable in respect of an ordinary fishing licence to use such engine and not more than double such ordinary licence duty.

(3) A person who when the production of his ordinary licence is lawfully demanded of him under this section, does not produce such licence because he is not the holder of an ordinary licence, shall be deemed to fail to produce such licence within the meaning of this section.

(4) Where a person is charged with an offence under this section consisting of a failure to produce an ordinary licence for a scheduled engine in his possession, it shall be a good defence to prove that he had the scheduled engine in his possession as a manufacturer or seller thereof and not for the purpose of using it.

(5) This section shall not apply in respect of the use of scheduled engines in special tidal waters or in scheduled trout waters.