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Fisheries officer: Employers and vacancy sources

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Fisheries protection is managed by different organisations in different parts of the UK, therefore employers also vary.

In England and Wales, the majority of inland fisheries officers are employed by the Environment Agency (EA) , with others in consultancies and academic research.

Marine fisheries officers are employed by the committees of the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities , which acts as a regulatory body, working in close association with the government and stakeholder groups. The association covers English inshore waters and its aim is to achieve its 'vision of healthy seas providing 'ecosystem services' for the future.'

In Northern Ireland inland fisheries are the responsibility of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure . The marine fisheries are regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland (DARDNI) , through its agencies in the Fisheries Division.

Specially trained service personnel are employed by the Fishery Protection Squadron of the Royal Navy to carry out enforcement activities in English, Welsh and Northern Irish waters, to safeguard the nation's fishing stocks and protect the British fishing industry.

In Scotland, freshwater fish are looked after by 41 district boards of:

The marine aquaculture in Scotland is managed by Marine Scotland , along with its key partners:

Other employing organisations include:

There may be short-term openings in developing countries where fish is an important part of the population's diet. Schemes are run by volunteer programmes such as Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

Sources of vacancies

Useful employment information can be found in industry magazines, details of which can be found at Total Fishing . Some trade and producer websites list vacancies and contacting employers speculatively can be productive.

Recruitment agencies and jobcentres sometimes handle vacancies in relevant areas. A searchable database of recruitment agencies can be found at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) .

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Written by AGCAS editors
March 2015

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