Legal Responsibilities

Sep 05 2014 Posted by Office Administraton

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[EXPAND Click to expand!]The skin-diving for shellfish bye-law no. 533 of 1966 was the subject of a written question and answer in Dáil Éireann on 18 February 2014 (see dail2014021800068). The result of this exchange is below:

Q) 471. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his interpretation of by-law 533 of the 1966 Fisheries Act as it relates to snorkelling for shellfish when snorkelling is permitted; the conditions or restrictions that apply; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

A) Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Fergus O’Dowd): The enforcement of bye law 533 of 1966 is exercised by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). I am advised by IFI that, on an operational basis, the bye-law is construed as prohibiting snorkelling to target shellfish. Interpretation of the bye law would be a matter for the Courts.

Shellfish Byelaw No. 533 of 1966