Fisheries (Consolidation) Act, 1959

Power of Minister to grant fish culture licences.

15.—(1) The Minister may, whenever and so often as he thinks fit, by licence (in this section referred to as a fish culture licence) authorise, subject to such conditions as he thinks fit and specifies in the licence, a named person to carry on at a specified place such operations, in relation to the culture of fish of a specified kind, as may be specified in the licence.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or any instrument made thereunder, a person to whom a fish culture licence is granted and any person acting under the directions of such first-mentioned person may, subject to the conditions specified in the licence, do any of the things authorised by the licence.

(3) The Minister, if he so thinks fit, may amend a fish culture licence within ten years from the date on which the licence was granted.

(4) The Minister may revoke a fish culture licence—

(a) if the licensee is convicted of an offence under the repealed enactments or an offence under any provision of this Act, or

(b) if he is satisfied that there has been a breach of any condition specified in the licence.

(5) The following provisions shall apply in relation to the amendment or revocation of a fish culture licence under this section—

(a) the Minister shall not amend or revoke the licence unless and until he has given by post to the licensee at least one fortnight's notice in writing stating that the Minister has under consideration, as the case may be, the amendment or revocation of the licence,

(b) the notice shall also state—

(i) in case it states that the Minister has under consideration the amendment of the licence—the specific amendment under consideration and the grounds on which it is so under consideration, or

(ii) in case it states that the Minister has under consideration the revocation of the licence—the grounds on which such revocation is so under consideration,

(c) the Minister shall consider any representations in relation to such amendment or revocation, as the case may be, made to him by the licensee before the expiration of the notice.