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A Fisheries Officer is responsible for the conservation and protection of fisheries which could be fresh water or sea water. They will carry out surveys, monitor fish stock levels, study water quality and investigate fish mortality.  The role will include educating members of the public and industry about sustainable fishing and the protection of freshwater and marine environments.  If working at sea they will inspect fishing vessels and ensure that legislation is being adhered to.

Entry Requirements

A degree or HND is normally required for this job role, however you could consider building up relevant experience and working your way towards the role.


Relevant degrees/HND courses include:

  • Marine science/oceanography
  • Marine Biology
  • Biology
  • Environmental science
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Management

You will usually need

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs or equivalent including English, maths and science plus 1 or 2 A levels or equivalent for an HND course
  • 3 A Levels or equivalent including science for a degree

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Work based route 

If you don't have a degree or HND you could consider building up relevant experience through roles such as a water bailiff.

Career Tips

Experience of water-based environments is essential.

Work experience would help for entry into the role which is sometimes offered by organisations such as the Environmental Agency or you may be able to volunteer on a local fishing boat.

Fishing experience would be useful, you could become a member of an angling club. 

Required Skills

  • The ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Able to analyse and interpret data
  • A keen interest in conservation and improving the environment
  • A keen interest in fish and fishing
  • boat handling experience for marine work

Salary Range

£20,000 - £40,000

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