Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2003


Conservation and Management of Fish Stocks

Interpretation (Part 4).

22.—(1) In this Part—

“Act of 1978” means Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1978;

“Agreement” means the United Nations Agreement on the implementation of the provisions of the Convention relating to the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks, done at New York on 4 August 1995 and signed on behalf of the State at New York on 27 June 1996, the text of which in the English language is, for convenience of reference, set out in Schedule 2;

“conservation area” shall be construed in accordance with section 24 ;

“conservation regulations” means regulations made under section 25 ;

“Convention” means the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea done at Montego Bay on 10 December 1982 and ratified by the State on 21 June 1996;

“highly migratory fish stocks” means stocks of fish species listed in Schedule 3 ;

“licence” means, in the case of an Irish sea-fishing boat, a licence granted under section 222B(3) of the Principal Act and, in the case of a foreign sea-fishing boat, a similar licence granted by the competent authority of the flag state of the boat;

“master”, in relation to a sea-fishing boat, includes a person in charge of the boat;

“party state” means a state which has consented to be bound by the Agreement and for which the Agreement is in force and which has been declared to be a party state by the Minister for Foreign Affairs under section 23 ;

“straddling fish stocks” means stocks occurring within the exclusive economic zones of two or more coastal states or both within the exclusive economic zones of two or more coastal states and in an area beyond and adjacent to such zones.

(2) A word or expression which is used in this Part and which is also used in the Agreement has, unless the context otherwise requires, the same meaning in this Part as it has in the Agreement.