National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency Act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency.

3. Agency to be a body corporate.

4. Objects and functions of the Agency.

5. Powers and duties of the Agency.

6. Constitution of the Governing Board.

7. Powers and duties of the Board.

8. Chairman of the Board.

9. Director-General of the Agency.

10. Proceedings of the Board.

11. Secretary to the Board.

12. Secretariat of the Agency.

13. Repealed.

14. Repealed.

15. Repealed.

16. Repealed.

17. Scientific and Technical Committee.

18. Duties of the Committee.

19. Proceedings of the Committee.

20. Remuneration of members of Board and Committee.

21. Removal of appointed members of the Board or Committee.

22. Disclosure of interest by members of Board or Committee.

23. Vacancy among members not to in validate act or proceeding of the Board or Committee.

24. Appointment of public officer to the staff of the Agency.

25. Agency deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

26. Advisors.

27. Furnishing of information to the Minister.

28. Minister's directions to the Board.

29. The Fund of the Agency.

30. Withdrawal and investment of moneys of the Fund.

31. Agency to be exempt from payment of tax.

32. Financial year of the Agency and audit of accounts.

33. Special export duty for providing the Fund with an income.

34. Record.

35. State property both movable and immovable to be made available to the Agency.

36. Transfer of certain research projects to the Agency.

37. Acquisition of immovable property under the Land Acquisition Act.

38. Protection for action taken under this Act or on the direction of the Agency.

39. No officer or servant can engage in service to any other employer.

40. Regulations.

41. Rules.

42. Interpretation.

54 of 1981,

32 of 1996.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 2nd September, 1981]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency Act.

2. Establishment of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency.

There shall be established in accordance with the provisions of this Act, the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (hereinafter referred to as "the Agency”) which shall be the principal national institution charged with the responsibility of carrying out and research, development management and conservation activities on the subject of aquatic resources, hydrographic surveying and nautical charting, hydrographic surveying and nautical charting.

[S 2 am by s 2 of Act 32 of 1996.]

3. Agency to be a body corporate.

The Agency shall, by the name assigned to it by section 2, be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

4. Objects and functions of the Agency.

The objects and functions of the Agency shall be—

(a) to ensure the application and utilisation of scientific and technological expertise for the implementation of the national development programme on the subject of aquatic resources;

(b) to promote and conduct research activities directed towards the identification, assessment, management, conservation and development of aquatic resources, and in particular in the following fields;

[S 4(b) am by s 3 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(i) oceanography and hydrography;

[S 4(b)(i) subs by s 3 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(ii) improvement and development of fishing craft, fishing gear and equipment, and fishing methods;

(iii) the social and economic aspects of the fishing industry, including the welfare of fishermen and their dependents;

(iv) the processing, preservation and marketing of fish and aquatic products;

[S 4(b)(iv) am by s 3 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(v) the development, management and conservation of aquatic resources in the inland waters, coastal wetlands and off-shore areas;

(c) to provide advisory and consultancy services on scientific, technological and legal matters relating to the exploitation, management, conservation and development of aquatic resources;

[S 4(c) am by s 3 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(d) to co-ordinate the activities of institutions engaged in the exploitation, planning, research, development, conservation, control and management of aquatic resources;

[S 4(d) am by s 3 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(e) to undertake the collection, dissemination and publication of information and data useful for the management, conservation and development of aquatic resources and the fishing industry in Sri Lanka;

[S 4(e) am by s 3 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(ee) to undertake the collection, processing and publication of hydrographic data and nautical information on the near shore and off shore areas and inland waters, and to have overall control of such activities in Sri Lanka;

[S 4(ee) ins by s 3 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(f) to provide training for persons required to carry out or assist in the work of the Agency; and

(g) to exercise, discharge and perform all the powers, functions and duties conferred or imposed on the Agency under this Act.

5. Powers and duties of the Agency.

The Agency shall have the power—

(a) to acquire in any manner whatsoever and hold any movable or immovable property and to sell or otherwise dispose of any such property;

(b) to establish and maintain such facilities as office buildings, installations, laboratories, plant, equipment, vehicles, vessels and other crafts as the Agency may deem necessary to achieve its objects;

(c) to undertake such activities and operations, including extension services, as the Agency may deem necessary for the commercial utilisation and development of aquatic resources and the application and utilisation of its expertise;

(d) to enter into any contract or agreement with Government departments, local authorities, public corporations, and other persons for the purpose of carrying out its functions;

(e) to obtain loans on such terms and conditions as may be approved by the; Minister with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance for the purpose of carrying out any of its objects;

(f) to charge fees for any services or facilities provided by the Agency;

(g) with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, to receive foreign or local donations and grants including awards for training and to provide grants for research, teaching and training relating to the management, conservation and development of aquatic resources;

[S 5(g) am by s 4 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(h) to enter into contracts or agreements relating to the use of patents, industrial designs, copyright, and trademarks;

(i) to conduct and render research and technical services—

(i) for the Ministry of the Minister to whom the subject of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development is for the time being assigned, with the object of ensuring the implementation of the national development programme of such Ministry, and

[S 5(i)(i) am by s 4 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(ii) at the request of any other Ministry, Government department, or any branch thereof, public corporation, or any other person, in such manner as the Agency in consultation with the Minister shall deem advisable;

[S 5(i)(ii) am by s 4 of Act 32 of 1996.]

(j) to advise and make recommendations to any Ministry, any Government department or branch thereof, or any public corporation or any other person;

(i) on research management, development and regulation, including the conservation and utilisation, of the aquatic resources of Sri Lanka, and

(ii) the formulation of national policies relating to the management, conservation and development of the national aquatic resources of Sri Lanka;

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