Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006

Chapter 3

Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers — Detention of boats — Related offences

Sea-fisheries protection officers.

16.— (1) Each of the following persons is, for the purposes of the Sea-Fisheries Acts 2003 and 2006, a sea-fisheries protection officer—

(a) an officer of the Department authorised in that behalf by the Minister,

(b) a person appointed under subsection (1), or authorised under subsection (2)(a), of section 51 ,

(c) a member of the Permanent Defence Forces (not below the rank of leading seaman or corporal) for the time being serving on board any ship, vessel or aircraft belonging to or employed in the service of the State,

(d) a member of the Garda Síochána, and

(e) an officer of Customs and Excise authorised in that behalf by the Revenue Commissioners.

(2) The Minister may, in agreement with any body established by or under statute, authorise persons who are officers of that body to—

(a) perform such functions of a sea-fisheries protection officer under this Act, or

(b) assist a sea-fisheries protection officer in exercising such functions,

in such circumstances or area, to such extent and subject to such conditions as he or she may specify in the authorisation.