Grounds for cancellation of research fishing permit and its return
(1) The Director may cancel a research fishing permit if¡X
(a) the permit holder has been convicted of any offence under this Ordinance;
(b) in the opinion of the Director, allowing the permit to continue in force is not in the best interests of promoting the sustainability of fisheries resources of the waters of Hong Kong; or
(c) the vessel in respect of which the permit has been issued has been engaged in fishing which does not comply with the provisions of this Ordinance.
(2) If the Director intends to cancel a research fishing permit under subsection (1), the Director must send a notice of cancellation of a research fishing permit to the permit holder.
(3) A research fishing permit is cancelled on the expiry of the date of cancellation stated in the notice sent under subsection (2), which must not be earlier than 21 days after the date of the notice.
(4) Unless an appeal has been lodged under section 33, a permit holder who has received a notice under subsection (2) and fails to return the research fishing permit to the Director within 21 days from the date of cancellation without reasonable excuse commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 3.