- Commenced on 1 April 1951
- [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.]
Part I – Preliminary
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
3. Honorary fisheries officersThe President may appoint any person to be an honorary fisheries officer, and every person so appointed shall before assuming his or her duties take an oath before a magistrate in the following form—"I, ______________, (name) do sincerely and solemnly 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 honorary fisheries officer in Uganda. So help me God."
Part II – General restrictions
4. Restrictions on basket fishing
5. Vessels to be licensed
6. Restriction on fishing and processing of fish
7. Use of poison or explosive or electrical device
8. Power to control particular methods of fishingIn any case where it appears to the Minister that an otherwise lawful method of fishing is likely to prove unduly destructive, he or she may by statutory order, which order may be made to apply to the whole or to any part or parts of Uganda—
9. Closed seasons
10. Restriction upon fishing in dams
11. Restriction on noncitizens using vessels
12. Prohibition against introduction or transfer of fish or their eggs
Part III – Licences
13. Issue of licences
14. Special provisions relating to sleeping sickness areas
15. Form and duration of licencesLicences shall be in such form and subject to such conditions either generally or in respect of any particular licence as may be prescribed and, subject to any of the provisions of this Act relating to cancellation of licences shall, except for angling licences which shall be yearly, fortnightly or twenty-four hourly, remain in force until the 31st December of the year of issue.
16. Prohibition of transfer or assignment of licences
17. Fishing vessel licences not transferable
18. Licence not to be borrowedNo person shall borrow or make use of a licence under this Act issued to any other person, and any person who borrows or makes use of such a licence commits an offence and is liable for each offence on conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand shillings.
19. Procedure on loss, etc. of licenceIf any licence issued under this Act is accidentally destroyed, defaced or lost, the chief fisheries officer or an authorised licensing officer may, if satisfied as to the destruction, defacement or loss of that licence, and on payment of a fee of five shillings issue to the licensee a certificate setting out the purport and effect of the licence, and reciting the destruction, defacement or loss, and the certificate shall have the same force and effect as the original licence.
20. Power to restrict number of licencesThe chief fisheries officer, with the approval of the Minister, may by statutory instrument limit the number of all or any of the licences which may be issued under this Act either generally or in respect of any particular waters or area of Uganda.
21. Display and production of licences
22. False statements and evidence of application
Part IV – Legal proceedings and incidental matters
23. Power to demand name and address of offender or to arrest offender if necessaryWhen any person is seen or found committing an offence or is reasonably suspected of having committed an offence against this Act, any authorised officer may demand his or her name and address; and if he or she refuses to give that information or fails to give the information to the satisfaction of the authorised officer, or if the latter has reasonable grounds for believing that unless arrested the offender may escape or cause an unreasonable amount of delay, trouble or expense in being made answerable to justice, he or she may arrest him or her immediately.
24. Fisheries officer to have powers of a public prosecutorIn any prosecution for an offence against this Act, any fisheries officer may, subject to the express directions of the Director of Public Prosecutions, have and exercise all the powers of a public prosecutor appointed under the Magistrates Courts Act.
25. Power to search property, etc. of person suspected of offenceWhenever any authorised officer suspects that any person has committed an offence against this Act, he or she may inspect and search or authorise any person subordinate to him or her to inspect and search any baggage, package, vehicle, vessel, tent, premises or property belonging to or occupied by that person or to anyone in his or her employment, and if there is found as a consequence of the search any fish, dried fish, fish product, vessel engine, net, line, basket or appliance appearing to have been obtained or to be possessed in contravention of this Act, the same may be seized and detained and shall be dealt with as if it had been seized and detained under section 30.
26. Power to enter upon landAny authorised officer may enter upon or into any land and may halt and enter upon or into any aircraft, vehicle or vessel for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act or of preventing or detecting offences against this Act.
27. Immature fishAny person who—
28. Prohibited nets and methodsAny person who in the waters of Uganda captures, kills or injures any fish by means of any prohibited net or of any prohibited method or in any prohibited place in relation to the fish commits an offence against this Act.
29. Possession of nets where prohibitedAny person who is found in possession of a net on any waters or on the shore of any waters—
30. Powers of authorised officerAny authorised officer may—
31. Obstruction or hindranceAny person who wilfully obstructs, hinders, assaults or resists any person in the exercise of his or her powers under this Act commits an offence against this Act.
32. Offences by servants and agents
33. General penalty
34. Reward to informersWhere on any conviction for an offence against this Act or any contravention of the provisions of this Act a fine is imposed, the court may award any sum not exceeding half the total fine to any person not appointed under this Act to assist in carrying out the provisions thereof who gave information leading to the conviction.
Part V – Miscellaneous
35. RulesThe Minister may make rules generally for better carrying out the purposes of this Act and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, may make rules in respect of any or all of the following matters—
History of this document
01 April 1951