Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006

24

Offence — obstruction, etc., of sea-fisheries protection officer.

24.— (1) A person who—

( a) obstructs or impedes any sea-fisheries protection officer in the exercise of any of the powers conferred on such officer by this Part,

( b) refuses or fails to comply with any requirement or direction lawfully made or given by such officer under this Part (other than section 18 ),

( c) fails to answer any question lawfully asked by such officer under this Part, or

( d) where—

(i) his or her name and address is requested of him or her by a sea-fisheries protection officer under section 17(1)(i) or 18(1)(g) , refuses or fails to give his or her name and address or gives a name or address which is false or misleading, or

(ii) the name and address of any other person is lawfully requested of him or her by a sea-fisheries protection officer under section 17(1)(i) , refuses or fails, knowing such name and address, to give the name or address or gives a name or address which is false or misleading,

commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 months, or to both.

(2) If a person—

( a) obstructs or impedes a sea-fisheries protection officer so as to prevent or to attempt to prevent the officer exercise any of his or her powers under this Part, or

( b) whose name and address is lawfully required by a sea-fisheries protection officer under this section refuses to give his or her name and address or gives, as his or her name or address, a name or address which is reasonably believed by such officer to be false or misleading,

the officer or another sea-fisheries protection officer may (being a member of the Defence Forces or Garda Síochána or an officer of Customs and Excise) arrest, without warrant, the person and, if that officer is not a member of the Garda Síochána, shall, as soon as practicable, deliver the person into the custody of a member of the Garda Síochána to be dealt with according to law.