Seal Fisheries (North Pacific) Act 1895

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1895 c. 21


Seal Fisheries (North Pacific) Act, 1895

(58 & 59 Vict.) CHAPTER 21.

An Act to provide for prohibiting the Catching of Seals at certain periods in Behring Sea and other parts of the Pacific Ocean adjacent to Behring Sea, and for regulating the Seal Fisheries in those Seas.

[27th June 1895]

Whereas it is expedient to repeal the Seal Fishery (North Pacific) Act, 1893, and to re-enact it with amendments: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Power to prohibit by Order in Council the hunting of seals in Behring Sea and adjacent parts of the Pacific Ocean.

1 Power to prohibit by Order in Council the hunting of seals in Behring Sea and adjacent parts of the Pacific Ocean.

(1)1.—(1.) Her Majesty the Queen may, by Order in Council, prohibit, during the period specified in the Order, the catching of seals by British ships in such parts of the seas to which this Act applies as are specified in the Order.

(2) (2.) While an Order in Council under this Act is in force—

(a ) a person belonging to a British ship shall not kill, take, or hunt, or attempt to kill or take, any seal during the period and within the seas specified in the Order; and

(b ) a British ship shall not, nor shall any of the equipment or crew thereof, be used or employed in such killing, taking, hunting, or attempt.

(3) (3.) If there is any contravention of this section, any person committing procuring aiding or abetting such contravention shall be guilty of a misdemeanor within the meaning of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 , and the ship and her equipment and everything on board thereof shall be subject to forfeiture to Her Majesty.

S-2 Power to regulate seal fishing.

2 Power to regulate seal fishing.

(1)2.—(1.) Her Majesty the Queen may by Order in Council make, as respects such parts of the seas to which this Act applies as are specified in the Order, regulations—

(a ) for entering in the official log of a ship particular respecting the hunting, killing, and taking of seals, and

(b ) for regulating the hunting and taking of seals, with power to prohibit or restrict the use therein of any particular kind of vessels, methods, or implements.

(2) (2.) If there is any contravention of any such regulation any person who committed procured aided or abetted such contravention shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.

(3) (3.) If the regulations under this section provide for the entry of particulars in the official log of a ship, the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894 , with reference to official logs (including the penal provisions), shall apply to every ship engaged in seal fishing within such of the seas to which this Act applies as are specified in the Order.

S-3 Procedure for enforcing Act.

3 Procedure for enforcing Act.

(1)3.—(1.) Any offence or fine under this Act may be prosecuted or recovered in like manner as if it were an offence or fine under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894.

(2) (2.) For the purpose of the forfeiture of any ship under this Act, section seventy-six of the Merchant...

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