63B Reporting of accidental or incidental death or injury
  • (1) If any person, in the course of fishing pursuant to a permit, licence, authority, or approval issued, granted, or given under the Fisheries Act 1996, accidentally or incidentally kills or injures any marine wildlife, he or she shall,—

    • (a) if fishing from a vessel, record the event in the vessel's log and report the event in writing to a ranger, or to such other person as the Director-General may from time to time specify by notice in the Gazette, and in such manner as may be so specified, not later than 48 hours after the arrival of the vessel in port; and

    • (b) in any other case, report the event in writing to a ranger, or to such other person as the Director-General may from time to time specify by notice in the Gazette, and in such manner as may be so specified, as soon as practicable.

    (2) Any person (other than a person to whom subsection (1) applies) who, by any means whatever, accidentally or incidentally kills or injures any marine wildlife, shall, as soon as practicable, report the event to a ranger or a fishery officer (as defined in section 2(1) of the Fisheries Act 1996).

    (3) Every report under subsection (1) or subsection (2) shall include—

    • (a) the location of the area where the event took place; and

    • (b) the species (if known) of the marine wildlife killed or injured, or a general description of the wildlife; and

    • (c) a description of the conditions and the circumstances of the event.

    (4) In addition to providing the particulars required by subsection (1) or subsection (2), a person required to report an event to which that subsection applies shall provide to the Director-General such other particulars relating to the event as the Director-General may require for the purposes of this Act.

    (5) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) or subsection (2) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to the penalty set out in section 67(fb).

    Section 63B: inserted, on 1 October 1996, by section 316(1) of the Fisheries Act 1996 (1996 No 88).

    Section 63B(5): replaced, on 15 October 2000, by section 8 of the Wildlife (Penalties and Related Matters) Amendment Act 2000 (2000 No 43).