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The Marine Fisheries Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXXV OF 1983 )

Power to make rules
55. (1) The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Ordinance.
(2) In particular, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing power, rules may be made with respect to all or any of the following matters, namely:-
(a) the licensing, regulation and management of any particular marine fishery;
(b) the determination of the carrying capacity of vessels;
(c) the type and size of air-conditioning appliances to be fitted in vessels;
(d) establishing the closed seasons for all areas or species of fish or for designated areas or species;
(e) the limitations on the amount, size and weight of fish caught and retained or traded;
(f) determining the minimum mesh sizes;
(g) determining the prohibited fishing areas for all fish or for certain species of fish, or for certain methods of fishing;
(h) determining certain prohibited methods of fishing;
(i) the amount of fish that may be caught incidentally when fishing for a species for which a licence has been issued;
(j) regulating or prohibiting the creation, maintenance, working, repair and lighting of fishing stakes in the Bangladesh fisheries waters;
(k) organising and regulating sport fishing in the Bangladesh fisheries waters;
(l) the conditions to be observed by the fishing vessels while within the Bangladesh fisheries waters and to regulate the conduct of fishing operations generally;
(m) the nationality and educational qualifications of persons permitted to be employed or carried in fishing vessels;
(n) providing for the execution of bonds and other forms of security for the fulfilment of any obligations attaching to a licence;
(o) providing for points of entry, exit and transit through the Bangladesh fisheries waters by any fishing vessel licensed to fish by virtue of the provisions of this Ordinance;
(p) providing for the appointment by the owner of a foreign fishing vessel of a legal representative in Bangladesh for the purpose of accepting responsibility for any matters arising under the provisions of this Ordinance;
(q) the stowing of fishing gear by foreign fishing vessels while in transit through the Bangladesh fisheries waters;
(r) providing for rewards for reporting the presence of unlicensed foreign fishing vessels operating in the Bangladesh fisheries waters;
(s) the conditions and procedures of application for any licences, certificates or other documents required under this Ordinance or any rules made thereunder, their form and the amount of fees and deposits payable therefore;
(t) the collection of statistics and to require any person engaged in marine fishing, marketing, processing or marine fish culture, including any fish dealer, to supply such information as may be necessary for the effective management and development of marine fisheries;
(u) the procedures to be followed in making appeals against a refusal to issue, cancellation, non renewal or suspension of licences under section 25;
(v) setting up of an Advisory Committee for the purpose of advising the Government in the administration of this Ordinance;
(w) any other matter required or authorised to be prescribed under this Ordinance.
(3) The rules made under this section may provide that the breach of any of the provisions thereof shall constitute an offence and may provide for penalties by way of fine not exceeding Taka fifty thousand.

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