Records of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries: Minute Books

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This series comprises 21 volumes which furnish an account of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries committee meetings. In effect, the series documents the high-level decision-making processes of the Board as well as Board activities undertaken in order to satisfy the body's statutory obligations as laid down in the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries Act, 1946.

The earliest minuted meeting extant in the series, 27 Nov 1946, dates from the year of the amalgamation of the Board's antecedents, namely, the Board of Agriculture, the Fisheries Boards and the Forestry Board. The last minuted meeting extant in the series, 15 Dec 1986, dates from shortly before the Board's formal dissolution and the subsequent transferral of its core functions to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Activities evidenced within the Board's minutes include but are not limited to: the enforcement of various government orders and regulations relating to agriculture and fisheries; the administration and management of various funds and schemes aimed at the promotion and ongoing development of the Island's agriculture and fishery industries; the submission and approval of various accounts administered by the Board; the undertaking of surveys and the submission of reports regarding the state of the Island's agriculture assets and fishery stocks; and the ongoing management of the Aquarium and Knockaloe Experimental Farm.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Board was established on foot of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries Act, 1946. The Act facilitated the constitution of the new board via the amalgamation of the functions of the Board of Agriculture, the Fisheries Board and the Forestry Board.

The Board's forestry function was later transferred under provisions laid down by the Forestry, Mines and Lands Act, 1950 to the newly formed Forestry, Mines and Lands Board.

In 1986, the Board was dissolved and its remaining functions were transferred to the newly formed Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Arrangement

Volumes are arranged in chronological order within the series.

Conditions Governing Access

This series is currently subject to a B2 closure period of 84 years under the Public Record Order 2015 due to statutory data protection restriction laid down in the Data Protection Act 2002.

Please contact the Isle of Man Public Record Office for further information: public.records@gov.im

For information on visiting the Isle of Man Public Record Office please see our website: www.gov.im/pro

Other Finding Aids

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Archivist's Note

Series level description created by Gavin Rowan, IOMPRO, 31 Jan 2017.

Appraisal Information

Selected for permanent preservation in Nov 2015, Angela Skitt, IOMPRO.

Custodial History

Records in accession A57 were fully transferred to the Isle of Man Public Record Office under section 3(4) of the Public Records Act, 1999 in Jan 2016.

Accruals

No accruals are expected.

Related Material

Also held at the Isle of Man Public Record Office:

  • S64 - Records of the Fisheries Board: Minute Books;
  • S65 - Records of the Board of Agriculture: Minute Books.