This week the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board, in collaboration with Police Scotland, hosted a Regional Water Bailiff Training Day at Ness-Side Estate. This was attended by a total of thirteen Water Bailiffs from the Rivers Alness, Conon, Beauly, Ness, Nairn, Findhorn and Lossie.
Inverness Wildlife Crime Officer P.C. Cailean Macleod and his colleague P.C. Davy Elliot led proceeding. They gave in-depth classroom and practical sessions relating to communication, procedures, conflict management, fisheries legislation, productions and statements. This included realistic scenarios on the banks of the River Ness.
P.C. Macleod presenting to bailiffs
P.C. Charlie Everitt from the National Intelligence and Wildlife Crime Unit gave a presentation on the role of his team and the importance of intelligence lead Policing. Chris Daphnie from the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland gave a presentation on the Pearls in Peril LIFE+ Project and his role in the Riverwatch scheme, aiming to combating illegal activities affecting the freshwater pearl mussel in Scotland.
P.C. Everitt talking about the work of the Wildlife Crime Unit
Water Bailiff training in Scotland is led by the Institute of Fisheries Management. All Water Bailiffs must complete and pass an exam covering legislation, practical operations and court procedures before being issued with a Warrant of Appointment by the local District Salmon Fishery Board. Regional training days such as this one not only act as refresher courses, but also allow the Police and Water Bailiffs from neighbouring areas to share experiences and practice working together as a team.
Our thanks go out to the Police Scotland Team, Chris Daphnie from RAFTs and to Ness-Side Estate for allowing us to use their facilities.