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Fisheries Act, 2003 (No. 22 of 2003).

Country/Territory
United Republic of Tanzania
Document type
Legislation
Date
2003
Source
FAO, FAOLEX
Long title
An Act to repeal and replace the Fisheries Act, 1970, to make provisions for sustainable development, protection, conservation, aquaculture development, regulation and control of fish, fish products, aquatic flora and its products, and for related matters.
Subject
Fisheries
Keyword
Framework law Marine fisheries Inland fisheries Fishery management and conservation Institution Aquaculture Fishing gear/fishing method Seasons Size Foreign fishing Enforcement/compliance Processing/handling Offences/penalties Traditional rights/customary rights Fishing authorization Fish disease Animal health Authorization/permit
Geographical area
Africa, Eastern Africa, Least Developed Countries
Abstract

An Act to regulate fishing and the fishing industry, and aquaculture development in the Republic of Tanzania. The Act consists of 59 sections divided into 10 Parts: Preliminary provisions (I); Administration (II); Development of the fishing industry (III); Aqua cultural development (IV); Management and control of the fishing industry (V); Fish quality, management and standards (VI); Financial provisions (VII); Enforcement (VIII); Offences and penalties (IX); General provisions (X). A Director shall be appointed and responsible for all matters related to the management of fisheries. The Director shall appoint vessel registration and licensing officers, enforcement officers and fish inspectors. The Director shall promote, encourage and support all initiatives leading to the development and sustainable use of the fish stock and aquatic resources through measures outlined in section 9. No person shall move or cause movement of eggs, fingerling, seed, genetically modified species, etc. from one water body to another without a permit. If any fish or fish products are infected by any epidemic disease the Director may require the destruction of all fish or fish products. The Minister may impose licenses for fishing, gathering of aquatic products, methods of fishing and limitations of size, age, etc. of fish, control on the import of fish, etc. (sect. 17). No foreign vessel shall be licensed to fish in the territorial waters. Section 22 prohibits certain fishing activities and the use of specified gear without a licence. Section 23 concerns the conservation of fisheries resources. The Minister shall impose conditions for quality management by prescribing specifications for fish processing establishments, monitoring quality management programes and application of HACCP, issuing sanitary certificates before placing the products on the market, etc. (sect. 24). The Director shall prescribe standards for hygiene and quality and ensure that they are applied throughout the fishing industry. A Fisheries Development Fund shall be established (sect. 29) and the purpose of the fund is outlined in section 30. Section 41 and following concern legal proceedings and jurisdiction. Regulation making powers of the Minster are defined in section 57.

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References - Legislation

Repeals

Fisheries Act, 1970

Legislation | United Republic of Tanzania | 1970

Keyword: Basic legislation, Inland fisheries, Marine fisheries, Aquaculture, Enforcement/compliance, Offences/penalties, Fishing authorization, Fishery management and conservation, Authorization/permit

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Implemented by

Fisheries Regulations, 2005.

Legislation | United Republic of Tanzania | 2005

Keyword: Marine pollution, Marine fisheries, Inland fisheries, Aquaculture, Mariculture, Fishing vessel, Registration, International trade, Alien species, Fish disease, Fishing gear/fishing method, Foreign fishing, Monitoring, Fishing authorization, Stock enhancement/repopulation, Protection of species, Offences/penalties, Fishery management and conservation, Animal health, Authorization/permit, Food quality control/food safety, Fish products, Inspection, Packaging/labelling, Transport/storage, Processing/handling, HACCP, Cartilaginous fishes, Freshwater pollution, Sustainable development, Pollution control

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries Regulations, 2009 (G.N. No. 308 of 2009).

Legislation | United Republic of Tanzania | 2009

Keyword: Marine pollution, Marine fisheries, Inland fisheries, Aquaculture, Mariculture, Drugs, Fishing vessel, Registration, Fishing authorization, Alien species, Fish disease, Fishing gear/fishing method, Foreign fishing, Monitoring, Data collection/reporting, Aquatic plants, Artisanal fishing, Stock enhancement/repopulation, Protection of species, Community management, Special fund, Enforcement/compliance, Offences/penalties, Fishery management and conservation, Cartilaginous fishes, Animal health, Authorization/permit, Food quality control/food safety, Fish products, International trade, Inspection, Packaging/labelling, Transport/storage, Processing/handling, HACCP, Traceability/product tracing, Fraud, Freshwater pollution, Sustainable development, Pollution control, Ecosystem preservation, Protection of habitats

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries (Laboratory Fees) Regulations, 2012.

Legislation | United Republic of Tanzania | 2012

Keyword: Royalties/fees, Freshwater pollution, Inspection

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries (Restriction on Trawling in Lake Victoria) Regulations (G.N. No. 139 of 1975).

Legislation | United Republic of Tanzania | 1975

Keyword: Inland fisheries, Fishing gear/fishing method, Fishery management and conservation

Source: FAO, FAOLEX