The Private Fisheries Protection Act, 1889
Bengal Act 2 of 1889
(a) which are the exclusive property of any person; or
(b) in which any person has an exclusive right of fishery, and in which fish are not confined but have means of ingress or agrees.3. Penalties. - Any person who-
(a) fishes in any private waters, not having a right to fish therein;
(b) erects, places, maintains or uses any fixed engine n private waters, or puts or knowingly permits to be put, therein any matter for the purpose of catching or destroying fish without the permission of the person to whom the right of fishery therein belongs;shall be guilty of an offence, and shall be punished for a first offence with a fine not exceeding fifty rupees. And for a subsequent offence with imprisonment which may be simple or rigorous, for a term not exceeding one month, or with fine not exceeding two hundred rupees or with both : Provided that nothing herein contained shall apply to acts done by person in the exercise of a bona fide claim of right, or shall prevent any person from angling with a rod and line or with a line in any portion of a navigable river. 4. Forfeiture of fixed engines. - (1) Any fixed engine erected, placed, maintained or used in contravention of the last preceding section, and any fish taken by means of such engine, or otherwise in contravention of this Act, shall be forfeited. Removal of fixed engine. - (2) Any such fixed engine any be removed or taken possession of by the Magistrate of the district or such persons as he empowers in this behalf. 5. Entry upon the land of another or upon private waters with intent to commit an offence. - Whoever enters upon land in the possession of another or upon private waters, with the intent to commit any of the offence specified in Section 3, shall be punished with fine not exceeding fifty rupees. 6. Offences under this Act considered 'cognizable offences'. - Offences committed under this Act shall be considered to be "cognizable offence" as defined in the Code of Criminal Procedure.