Fisheries Disputes Commission

The Fisheries Disputes Commission ("the Commission") is established under the Fisheries (Conservation and Management) Ordinance 2005. The Senior Magistrate is the Chairperson of the Commission and the Head of Courts and Tribunals Service is the Registrar to the Commission.

Under section 107 of the Ordinance the functions of the Commission may review decisions of the Director of Fisheries made under any of the following provisions of the legislation:

  • section 20 as to the person or persons to whom the grant of Individual Transferable Quota or Provisional Quota is made;
  • section 23(2) to strike out an entry in an Individual Transferable Quota Eligibility Register
  • section 25(3) to refuse an application for entry of a company's name upon an Individual Transferable Quota Eligibility Register
  • section 26(3) to renew the registration of a company's name upon an Individual Transferable Quota Eligibility Register
  • section 26(4) to refuse to renew the registration of a company's name upon an Individual Transferable Quota Eligibility Register;
  • section 27(2) to strike out an entry in a Provisional Quota Eligibility Register;
  • section 29(3) to refuse an application for registration of a company's name upon a Provisional Quota Eligibility Register;
  • section 30(4) to refuse to renew the registration of a company's name upon Provisional Quota Eligibility Register;
  • section 31(3) to serve a notice upon a company 
  • section 33(2)(c) or (f), to revoke a grant of Individual Transferable Quota or Provisional Quota.

An application to the Commission must be made within 14 days of receiving notice of the Director of Fisheries' decision. Forms are available upon request from the court office.