Fisheries (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 1987

Penalties for taking fish unlawfully killed or found dead.

12.—The Principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution of the following section for section 170:

“(1) Every person who by any means removes or causes to be removed from any river or lake—

(a) any salmon, trout or coarse fish which shall not have been killed by lawful means, or

(b) any salmon, trout or coarse fish which shall have been found dead, from any cause whatever, by such person,

shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500 or, at the discretion of the Court, to imprisonment for any term not exceeding six months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

(2) This section shall not apply to—

(a) any person acting under the authority of the Minister, or

(b) any officer of a regional board acting under the instructions of that board, or

(c) any owner of a fishery or his agent acting under the written authority of a regional board, or

(d) so far as respects the removal or causing to be removed of any diseased salmon, trout or coarse fish, or any salmon, trout or coarse fish found dead from anycause, any member of the Garda Síochána or any Sanitary Officer.”.