Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1983

Minister may make regulations to give effect to certain matters relating to European Communities.

5.—Chapter II of Part XIII of the Principal Act is hereby amended by the insertion of the following section after section 224A (inserted by section 10 of the Act of 1978):

“224B. (1) Without prejudice to the generality of section 3 (1) of the Act of 1972, the Minister may by regulations make provision to give effect within the exclusive fishery limits of the State to any provisions either of the treaties or of any act adopted by an institution of the European Communities which authorises any or all of the Member States of the European Communities to restrict, or otherwise regulate in a manner specified in the provision, fishing in waters, or in part of waters, under its or their sovereignty or jurisdiction.

(2) Regulations under this section may include such incidental, supplementary and consequential provisions as appear to the Minister to be necessary for the purposes of the regulations (including provisions repealing, amending or applying, with or without modification, other law, exclusive of this Act).

(3) A person who fishes or attempts to fish in contravention of regulations under this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding £100,000, and, as a statutory consequence of the conviction, to forfeiture of all or any of the following found on the boat to which the offence relates:

(a) any fish,

(b) any fishing gear.”.