The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board recognises that it does not have the financial resources to directly employ a team of Water Bailiffs to the level of DSFB’s of a similar size and complexity in Scotland. It also recognises the benefits of local intelligence and the support of proprietors and angling clubs and associations across the District in the Protection of their local fishery and fish populations. 

One way to provide protection to fisheries and fish populations in the Forth District is by appointing voluntary Water Bailiffs.  Anyone has the potential to become a Water Bailiff but due to the sensitivity and nature of this role, a vetting process has been put in place.

The Board provides a range of equipment and training (when funds allow) for volunteers. An overview of what the Board can provide to Water Bailiffs can be found below. 

Formal Training (Mandatory) IFM Scottish Bailiffing and Keepering Duties and Fisheries Regulations (an accredited module towards the IFM Certificate in Fisheries Management) Enrolment via FDSFB, distance learning with 3 hours exam.
Practical training


10 hours with FDSFB Superintendent (or appointed deputy) in the field to gain required experience. As agreed with Superintendent.
Formal training (Optional) SFCC Introduction to catch fishing and electrofishing techniques (SVQ level 2), PA1 foundation module and PA6AW handheld applicators for application of pesticides (including water environment), operational qualifications (eg chainsaw, boat handling) Funded via the RFFT and subject to training appraisal and funding.
Informal training Provided by the River Forth Fisheries Trust – Health & Safety (Assessing risks and mitigating them) (Mandatory); Pollution monitoring and reporting; Biosecurity and INNS; other rural skills, redd counting & scale sampling training.   Evening sessions (allowing also opportunities for networking with other bailiffs in the district)
Other training (CPD) Use of evidence, fish handling, surveillance techniques, etc  
Equipment binoculars, branded t-shirt, fleece, warrant card holder  
Other support Provision of admin support for specific operational tasks, central point of contact, volunteer training plan,  

If you would like to help protect fisheries and fish stocks in the Forth District by becoming a Water Bailiff, the first step is to contact Lee on 07887835549 or 0131 445 1527 to discuss this. 

You can also fill out the below form below where someone will then get in touch with you. If you have not received a reply within two weeks please contact lee on 07887835549.