ASFB formed the Bailiff Development Group in 2012. This was inspired by the need to continue to develop and refine a number of initiatives and products relating to fisheries enforcement in Scotland. These include:

  • Helping to inform and influence the Wild Fisheries Reform process in relation to fisheries enforcement and compliance.
  • Working with IFM, Scottish Government and others, promote the continued professional development of fisheries enforcement staff in Scotland.
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of the annual bailiff’s conference. This allows the networking of the national bailiffing force to allow information exchange and sharing of best practice.
  • Delivery of briefings and training sessions for prospective bailiffs. This also extends to local training sessions for police officers who are unfamiliar with salmon fisheries legislation.
  • Production of standard ‘tools’ to improve consistency in enforcement. This includes standard issue notebooks, guidance on the law and guidance on good operational practice.
  • Developing strong partnerships with other enforcement agencies – this includes the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) and the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU).

To be effective, the work of the group has to have national coverage and includes representatives of areas where there are no DSFBs. The Group was particularly pleased to welcome colleagues from the Clyde Fisheries Management Trust, Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association and the River Irvine Bailiff Group who are the respective  organisations responsible for bailiffing on those systems and who sit outside the ASFB and DSFB structure.

Copies of the minutes of the Group may be viewed below.

Bailiff Develop Group –

Minutes 25/01/16

Minutes 10/09/15

Minutes 14/04/15

Minutes 16/10/14

Bailiff Development Group response to consultation on draft Wild Fisheries Scotland Bill/Strategy


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