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THE MARINE FISHERIES ORDINANCE, 1983

(ORDINANCE NO. XXXV OF 1983).
  Part No : Chapter No : Section No: [ 19th July, 1983  
  
     An Ordinance to make provisions for the management, conservation and development of marine fisheries of Bangladesh.
 
    WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the management, conservation and development of marine fisheries in the Bangladesh fisheries waters and to deal with certain matters connected therewith;



NOW, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Proclamation of the 24th March, 1982, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the Chief Martial Law Administrator is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:
 
CONTENTS
 
SECTIONS
 
PART I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title and commencement
2. Definitions
3. Provisions regarding non mechanised local fishing vessels and local fishing vessels with limited horsepower
PART II
ADMINISTRATION
4. Government may appoint Director and other fisheries officers
5. Director responsible for management, etc.
6. Delegation of powers
7. Types, classes and numbers of fishing vessels
PART III
GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING LICENCES
8. Director to issue licences
9. Application for licences
10. Validity of licences
11. Licences not transferable except with written permission
12. When licence held by any local fishing vessel ceases to be valid
13. Matters for which licence is valid
14. Duty to provide information regarding catches
15. Fishing vessels not to interfere with navigation
16. Licence to be subject to certain conditions
PART IV
LOCAL MARINE FISHING OPERATIONS
17. Local fishing vessels to be registered
18. Local fishing vessels to hold valid certificate of inspection
19. Grounds for refusing to issue licences, etc., to local fishing vessels
PART V
FOREIGN MARINE FISHING OPERATIONS
20. No entry for foreign fishing vessels in Bangladesh fisheries waters except with licence
21. Entry by unlicensed foreign fishing vessels into Bangladesh Fisheries waters
22. Foreign fishing vessels liable to fine and forfeiture if found in Bangladesh fisheries waters illegally
23. Foreign fishing vessels to observe navigation, customs laws, etc.
24. Grounds for refusing to issue licence, etc., to foreign fishing vessels
PART VI
APPEAL
25. Appeal
PART VII
PROHIBITED FISHING METHODS
26. Use of explosives, etc.
27. Small meshes, etc.
PART VIII
MARINE RESERVES
28. Government may declare marine reserves
29. Fishing, dredging, etc., prohibited in marine reserves
30. Government may permit scientific research
PART IX
POWERS OF AUTHORISED OFFICERS
31. Authorised officers
32. An authorised officer may stop, examine, etc., any fishing vessel
33. Authorised officer may enter premises, seize vessels, etc., without warrant
34. Power to stop vessels
35. Vessel and crew to be taken to nearest port
36. Persons arrested without warrant to be taken to police station
37. Authorised officer not to enter dwelling houses without warrant
38. Perishables may be sold by Director
39. Authorised officers required to produce identification
40. No action against authorised officer for acts done in good faith
PART X
OFFENCES AND LEGAL PROCEDURES
41. Obstruction of authorised officer, etc.
42. Wilful damage of fishing vessels, etc.
43. Contravention of conditions of licence.
44. Destruction to avoid seizure or detection.
45. Failure to mark vessel
46. Skipper liable for offences committed by persons on board the vessel
47. Compounding of offences
48. Forfeiture of vessels etc., seized
49. Court may order forfeiture in addition to any other penalty imposed
50. Vessels, etc., forfeited may be disposed of by the Government
51. Fish found on board a fishing vessel committing an offence presumed to be caught illegally
52. Offences triable as if committed within limits of local jurisdiction
53. Service of documents
54. Special powers for Magistrates
PART XI
RULES
55. Power to make rules
 
 

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