39. Where a seizure is made under section 32, a judge may, upon pronouncing a conviction for an offence under a provision of this Act or the regulations, and on the application of the prosecuting party, declare the forfeiture of the seized property.
In such a case, however, if aquatic organisms or products of aquatic organisms are among the seized property, the conviction entails forfeiture thereof.
Prior notice of the application for forfeiture must be given by the prosecuting party to the person from whom the property was seized and to the defendant, except where they are in the presence of the judge.
The Minister shall prescribe the manner in which the property forfeited is to be disposed of.