Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1978

Prohibition of certain methods of fishing within exclusive fishery limits of State.

8.—Chapter II of Part XIII of the Principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution of the following section for section 223:

“223. (1) The Minister may from time to time by bye-law prohibit or restrict (at the option of the Minister either, as may be specified in the bye-law, absolutely or unless such conditions as the Minister thinks fit to insert in the bye-law are complied with) the use, within the waters of any specified area (being an area within the exclusive fishery limits of the State), in or from either, as may be specified in the bye-law, any boat or any boat of a specified class, of any method of fishing (including trawling, seining and fishing by means of any kind of net hauled along the bottom of the sea whether by a moving boat or by any mechanical appliance in an anchored boat), and different bye-laws may be made in respect of different classes of boats and different methods of fishing.

(2) A person who acts or attempts to act in contravention of any bye-law made under this section shall be guilty of an offence.”.