Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs)
The Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 allows Marine Scotland to issue on behalf of the Scottish Ministers up to a maximum of £10,000 where there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that relevant offences, including certain offences under sea fisheries enactments, have been committed.
Additionally it is an offence under section 5(1) of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 to contravene the prohibition imposed by the Sea Fish (Prohibition on Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) (No. 2) Order 2022. The penalties are fixed by section 11 of that Act. On summary conviction, the penalty is a fine not exceeding £50,000. On conviction on indictment, the penalty is an unlimited fine. In either case, the court may also order forfeiture of any fish in respect of which the offence was committed and of any net or other fishing gear used in committing the offence. On summary conviction, if the court does not order the forfeiture of fish, it may impose an additional fine not exceeding the value of the fish.
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