1. A fishery board, or where there is no board the Minister, may, subject to the provisions of this Act, make bye-laws for any of the following purposes; (that is to say,)—
(h) To prohibit the carrying in any boat or vessel whilst being used in fishing for Salmon or trout of any net which is not licensed and has not attached thereto the mark, label, or number prescribed by bye-laws of the fishery board:
§ Mr. PETO
I beg to move, in Subsection (1), after paragraph (h), to insert a new paragraph—(i) To prohibit or regulate the carrying in a boat or vessel during the annual close season for salmon of a net capable of taking salmon other than a net commonly used in the district for sea fishing, if carried in a boat or vessel commonly used for that purpose.This is an Amendment to the Clause which regulates the powers of fishery boards to make bye-laws. I moved an Amendment in Committee but the Mnister very properly pointed out that it was rather too wide to accept. As the Amendment stood fishery boards might have been held to have powers to make bye-laws which might interfere with sea fishing. I have therefore added words to make that clear. I have no desire to interfere with 2114 the catching of fish, but I want to give the fishery boards powers to effectively prevent fishing for salmon in the close season and make the work of supervision cheaper and easier. I believe the words as put down have the approval of the Minister.
§ Lieut-Commander KENWORTHY
Before the hon. Gentleman replies I should like to point out that the Amendment is extremely vague. I cannot congratulate the hon. Member who drafted it. Perhaps he can make it clear whether the last words "if carried in a boat or vessel commonly used for that purpose" mean for the purpose of salmon fishing or deep sea fishing. There are enough disabilities on fishermen as it is, and we do not want an extra one added. By the time the Bill goes to another place it should be made clear.
§ Amendment agreed to.