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The Powers of Water Bailiffs and Wardens to Enforce the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Acts


Powers of Water Bailiffs


The previous edition of this booklet will become obsolete when the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003 comes into force. That Act consolidates several previous Acts and also, on the recommendation of the Scottish Law Commission, includes some amendments to the legislation.

This new edition of the booklet takes account of all those changes and reflects the position when the 2003 Act comes into force.

Although the booklet has been re-written, there are few changes to its basic arrangement. The powers of the two classes of water bailiff are now the same so the former separate chapters 2 and 3 have been merged. Appendix A, the annotated list of offences, is in the same form as before but the notes reflect several changes in the detail of some scientific and other exemptions. Appendix B has been extended to take account of the more specific definitions of the lawful methods of fishing.

As before, I am indebted to colleagues and friends for advice on the subjects covered; but any mistakes are mine and I would be glad to hear from anyone who finds any errors or significant omission.

Robert Williamson
6 Irvine Terrace
Pitlochry PH16 5HW

December 2003