Goa Marine Fishing Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Aug 13, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The State Government of Goa on August 08, 2019, has published the Goa Marine Fishing Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to further amend the Goa, Daman and Diu Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1980.

Ø  Insertion of Section:

a)      Section 8A Erection of fishing stakes and registration of net:

b)      Person shall erect a fishing stake with the permission of the authorized officer. Every person in possession of fishing net shall register his net with the Directorate of Fisheries and shall apply alongwith fee to obtain a licence for operating the same. The fishing nets operated by the Central or State Government are exempted from this provision. Further, no person shall use net the mesh sizes whereof are less than 24 mm for catching fish and 20 mm for catching prawns.

c)       In section 11 which specifies the procedure for cancellation, suspension and amendment of licences, after sub-section (1), the following sub-sections shall be inserted, namely:

d)      Sub-section 1A: where a licence granted is suspended or cancelled by the Authorised officer, the holder of such license shall within a period of fifteen days from the date of such suspension or cancellation surrender such licence to the Authorised officer and berth his fishing vessel near the jetty or port or near his residence and under his control and whenever Authorised Officer demands, he shall bring such fishing vessel before such officer for the purpose of inspection.

e)      Sub-section 1B: where the licence granted is suspended, once the suspension period expires the holder of such licence shall collect such licence from the Authorised Officer.

f)       Section 17A: Notifying the fish landing centre for landing and berthing of the fishing vessel.

g)      Section 18A: Prohibition on destruction of fish by explosives in inland waters and on coast.

Ø  Amendments or substitutions of sections:

a)      Section 2 which specifies definitions has been amended

b)      Section 18 which specifies Power to enter, search fishing vessels has been substituted

c)       Section 21 (1) which specifies the penalty has been substituted.

It shall come into force on such date as the Government may by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

[Bill No. 16 of 2019]


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