IMPERIAL ACT 11 GEORGE III. CAP. 31.
AN ACT FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE WHITE HERRING FISHERY.
“ Whereas the carrying on and Improvement of the British “White Herring Fisheries are of great Importance to these “Kingdoms, by increasing the Trade and Navigation thereof ; and “being a Nursery for Seamen, and otherwise a Means of employing “and providing for great Numbers of industrious Poor provided that “reasonable Encouragement be given to such Persons as are willing “to carry on the said Fisheries : ”
XI. And be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That all and every Person or Persons employed in the said Fisheries may fish in any Part of the British Seas, and shall have and exercise the free Use of all Ports, Harbours, Shores, and Forelands in Great Britain, or the Islands belonging to the Crown of Great Britain, below the highest High-water Mark, and for the Space of one hundred Yards on any waste or uncultivated Land beyond such Mark, within the Land, for landing their Nets, Casks, and other Materials, Utensils, and Stores, and for erecting Tents, Huts, and Stages, and for the landing, pickling, curing, and reloading their Fish, and in drying their Nets, without paying any Foreland or other Dues, or any other Sum or Sums of Money, or other Consideration whatsoever, for such Liberty (except as herein after is excepted), any Law, Statute, or Custom, to the contrary notwithstanding : And if any Person or Persons shall presume to demand or receive any Dues, Sums of Money, or other Consideration whatsoever, for the Use of any such Ports, Harbours, Shores, or Forelands, within the Limits aforesaid, or shall obstruct the Fishermen, or other Persons employed in the taking or curing of Fish, or drying their Nets, in the Use of the same, every Person so offending shall, for every such Offence, forfeit the Sum of one hundred Pounds, to be recovered and levied in Manner herein after directed.