Apprentice Fisheries Bailiff – Ryan Binnie

Keen angler Ryan Binnie has always enjoyed being outdoors, so decided to look for a job that reflected his interests. “While I was at school I was lucky to get work experience with the fisheries service at Stirling Council and later on this helped me in applying for a Modern Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation with them. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else now.”
Ryan is working as an Apprentice Fisheries Bailiff with Stirling Council – a role which is rich in diversity and training opportunities. 

“Throughout the salmon season, my focus is on conserving and protecting salmon and sea trout stocks which run my sections of the River Forth and River Teith” he explains. “This includes regular foot patrols and working with partners like the Forth District Salmon Fisheries Board and Police Scotland on covert operations based on intelligence about potential crimes. I take part in annual maintenance of the river and banks, and do things like cutting grass, treating non–native species and clearing blockages for migratory fish.”

Habitat creation also forms a key part of Ryan’s role and he is involved with enhancing biodiversity along the river banks by creating wildflower meadows.

“I’ve loved every minute of my job, but a highlight was the annual opening day of the salmon season on the River Teith last year. Marching down to the river bank with 200 anglers and a pipe band gave me a huge moment of pride, knowing that our conservation policies and hard work make this one of the best salmon fisheries in the UK” Ryan enthuses. 

Working in fisheries management is extremely rewarding for Ryan. “It’s great knowing that the conservation work I do plays its part in sustaining one of the top river systems in Scotland.” So what advice would he give to anyone considering a career in fisheries management? “If you’re interested in fishing, fisheries management or conservation, I recommend you contact your local trout fishery, salmon fishery or fisheries trust and ask if they have any volunteering opportunities available” he states. 

Ryan was a finalist in Lantra Scotland’s 2015 Land-based Learner of the Year Awards.

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Fish Farm Technician