Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003

Offences and penalties.

21.—(1) A person who communicates with an Appeals Officer for the purpose of influencing improperly the consideration by an Appeals Officer of an appeal or the decision of an Appeals Officer in relation to an appeal is guilty of an offence.

(2) (a) A person who in or in relation to an application for a licence, or an appeal against a decision on an application for a licence or the revocation or amendment of a licence, makes a statement in writing which to the person's knowledge is false or misleading in a material respect is guilty of an offence.

(b) Where a person is convicted of an offence under paragraph (a), any licence granted to that person, or to some other person on whose behalf the convicted person was authorised to act, consequent on the application or appeal in relation to which the information was furnished, shall be revoked from the date of the conviction.

(3) (a) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a body corporate and is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of a person being a director, manager, secretary or other officer of the body corporate, or a person who was purporting to act in any such capacity, that person as well as the body corporate is guilty of an offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished as if he or she were guilty of the first-mentioned offence.

(b) Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, paragraph (a) shall apply in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his or her functions of management as if he or she were a director or manager of the body corporate.

(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000.