Trout Protection Act
- Commenced on 15 December 1936
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
1. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
2. Honorary trout wardensThe Minister may appoint any person to be an honorary trout warden and every person so appointed shall before assuming his or her duties take an oath before a magistrate in the following form—"I, ________________, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Uganda and that I will faithfully serve the Government of Uganda in the office of a trout warden in Uganda according to the laws in that behalf made and provided."
3. Protection of trout against unauthorised killingExcept as provided by this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person—
4. Minister may declare open any water for trout fishing
5. Method of captureExcept as provided in this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to fish for, capture or kill any trout otherwise than with a rod and line held in the hand; but nothing in this section shall be deemed to prohibit the use of a landing net to remove from the water any trout lawfully taken in accordance with this Act.
6. Special authorityNotwithstanding anything in this Act, the Minister may, in the interests of trout fishing, authorise any person to fish for, kill or capture trout in any manner, in any water and at any time.
7. Grant of licencesTrout fishing licences may be granted, at his or her discretion, by any administrative officer (hereafter referred to as a "licensing officer"), and shall be in the form set out in the Schedule to this Act.
8. Licence fees and conditions of issue
9. Power to prescribe conditionsThe Minister may by statutory instrument—
10. Power to call for licence
11. Power to arrestWhen any person is seen or found committing an offence or is reasonably suspected of having committed an offence against this Act and that person fails or refuses on demand to give his or her name and address, or there is reason to believe that the name and address he or she gives is incorrect, or there is reason to believe that he or she will abscond, an authorised officer may without warrant arrest him or her.
12. Power of seizure
13. Power to enterAny authorised officer or honorary trout warden may enter upon any land for the purpose of preventing or detecting offences against this Act.
14. Onus of proofWhenever any person is charged with being in possession of any trout in contravention of this Act, the onus of proving that the trout have not been obtained in contravention of this Act shall lie upon that person.
15. Offences and penalties
16. Disability after conviction
17. Rewards to informersWhere on any conviction for an offence against this Act a fine is imposed, the court may award any sum not exceeding half the amount of the fine recovered as a reward to any person, not being a person whose duty it is to detect or assist in the detection of offences against this Act, who gave information leading to the conviction.
18. RulesThe Minister may make rules generally, for better carrying out the provisions of this Act.
History of this document
15 December 1936