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Fisheries and Marine Resources Act (Act No. 22 of 1998).

Country/Territory
Mauritius
Document type
Legislation
Date
1998
Source
FAO, FAOLEX
Original source
Government Gazette of Mauritius No. 132, 24 December 1998.
Long title
An Act to provide for the management, conservation, protection of fisheries and marine resources, and protection of the marine ecosystems.
Subject
Fisheries, Wild species & ecosystems
Keyword
Basic legislation Marine fisheries Fishery management and conservation Mariculture Fish disease Fishing authorization Registration Foreign fishing Fishing gear/fishing method Enforcement/compliance Offences/penalties Animal health Authorization/permit Ecosystem preservation Management/conservation
Geographical area
Africa, Eastern Africa, Indian Ocean, Small Island Developing States
Abstract

This Act provides for the management, conservation and protection of fisheries and marine resources, and for the protection of the marine ecosystems within the Republic of Mauritius and its territorial waters. The Act consists of 76 sections divided into 10 Parts. Part I (Preliminary), includes an interpretation of the major phrases used within the Act. Part II concerns the management of fisheries and marine resources; including the set up of Consultative Committees by the relevant Minister. All fishermen are required under section 5 to register with the Permanent Secretary (not defined within the Act). Section 8 establishes a Marine Protected Area Fund for the purposes of management of marine protected areas as defined by the Wildlife and National Parks Act 1993. Section 9 empowers the Minister by way of regulations to prescribe measures for the protection, conservation and management of fisheries and marine resources. Part III specifies that fish farming requires authorization and registration from the Permanent Secretary unless the Minister by way of regulations provides exemptions. Section 15 makes references to the provisions necessary in the event of a disease outbreak. Part IV refers to the restrictions placed on fishing activities including a prohibition on underwater fishing without the written permission of the Secretary (sect. 17) and prescribes closed periods concerning fishing (sect. 18). Part V concerns restrictions placed on the export and import of fish and fish products. It also places restriction on importation and manufacture of implements. Part VI, which is divided into Sub-Part A and Sub-Part B, pertains to licensing of nets and implements (Sub-Part A) whereas Sub-Part B concerns the licensing of boats and vessels. Part VII relates to obligations related to boats and vessels including the provision that all boats must be registered with the Permanent Secretary. Information concerning the fishing vessels and boats, such as the name of the vessel and the date of build will be maintained in a register (sect. 50). Part VIII contains detailed provisions regarding the enforcement of the Acts obligations including the powers to search and seize, arrest and detain. Part IX states the penalties imposed for breaches of the Acts obligations. Part X is a miscellaneous chapter specifying the jurisdiction of the Act stating section 153 of the Criminal Procedure Act to be inapplicable for the purposes of this Act. Section 73 empowers the relevant Minster to issue regulations for the purpose of implementing this Act.

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References - Legislation

Repeals

Fisheries Act.

Legislation | Mauritius | 1980

Keyword: Basic legislation, Marine fisheries, Inland fisheries, Aquaculture, Mariculture, Internal trade, International trade, Fishery management and conservation, Enforcement/compliance, Offences/penalties, Institution, Landing, Fishing gear/fishing method

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Implemented by

Fisheries and Marine Resources (Export of Fish and Fish Products) Regulations 2006 (G.N. No. 27 of 2006).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2006

Keyword: Fish disease, Inspection, Animal health, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Fish products, International trade, Food quality control/food safety

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries and Marine Resources (Export of Fish and Fish Products)(No. 2) Regulations 2006 (GN No. 148 of 2006).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2006

Keyword: Fish disease, Inspection, Animal health, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Fish products, International trade, Certification, Standards, Food quality control/food safety

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries and Marine Resources (Prohibition of Removal of Coral and Sea-shell) Regulations 2006 (GN No. 95 of 2006).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2006

Keyword: Marine fisheries, Fishery management and conservation, Crustaceans, Coral, Authorization/permit, Aquatic animals

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries and Marine Resources (Undersized Fish) Regulations 2006 (GN No. 54 of 2006).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2006

Keyword: Marine fisheries, Fishery management and conservation, Marine fishes, Size

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries and Marine Resources (Fishing of Sea Cucumbers) Regulations 2008 (GN No. 189 of 2008).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2008

Keyword: Fishery management and conservation, Molluscs, Authorization/permit, Landing, Seasons

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries and Marine Resources (Toxic Fish) Regulations 2004 (G.N. No. 193 of 2004).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2004

Keyword: Marine fisheries, Marine fishes, Cartilaginous fishes, Food quality control/food safety, Fish products, Toxicity/poisoning, International trade, Authorization/permit

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries and Marine Resources (Marine Protected Areas) Regulations 2001. Government Notice no. 172 of 2001.

Legislation | Mauritius | 2001

Keyword: Marine fisheries, Protected fishing area, Fishing gear/fishing method, Fishery management and conservation, Ecosystem preservation, Management/conservation, Marine protected areas, Zoning, Protected area

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Fisheries and Marine Resources (Vessel Monitoring System) Regulations 2005 (G.N. No. 87 of 2005).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2005

Keyword: Marine fisheries, Data collection/reporting, Foreign fishing, Offences/penalties

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Amended by

Tourism Authority Act 2006 (No. 32 of 2006).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2006

Keyword: Tourism, Institution

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Maritime Zones Act 2005 (Act No. 2 of 2005).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2005

Keyword: Marine fisheries, Basic legislation, Maritime zone, Territorial sea, EEZ-Exclusive Economic Zone, Continental shelf, Navigation, Offences/penalties, Sovereignty, Cultural heritage, Marine protected areas, Protected area

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Economic and Financial Measures (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 (Act No. 2011 of 2011).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2011

Keyword: Agricultural development, Farming, EIA, Aquaculture, Agricultural land, Tax/levy, Plant production, Sugar cane/sugar beet

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Economic Development Board Act 2017 (No. 11 of 2017).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2017

Keyword: Agricultural development, Institution, Business/industry/corporations, Fiscal and market measures

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Repealed by

Fisheries and Marine Resources Act 2007 (Act No. 27 of 2007).

Legislation | Mauritius | 2007

Keyword: Basic legislation, Marine fisheries, Fishery management and conservation, Mariculture, Fish disease, Fishing authorization, Registration, Fishing vessel, Marking/identification, Foreign fishing, Fishing gear/fishing method, Seasons, Enforcement/compliance, Offences/penalties, Aquaculture, Animal health, Authorization/permit, Wetlands, Marine area, Marine protected areas, Protected area, Ecosystem preservation, Management/conservation, Marine mammals, Turtles, Special fund

Source: FAO, FAOLEX