Fisheries Protection Officer

The Fisheries Protection Officer (FPO) will join a team of other fisheries protection officers, supporting shore-based colleagues. Together with the team the FPO will provide a monitoring and enforcement role to ensure and maintain the conservation objectives and an effective deterrent against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing within their area of responsibility.   

The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working as a Fisheries Officer in the EU (preferably as a warranted British Sea Fishery Officer (BSFO) and Marine Environment Officer (MEO)) and would possess the following as an advantage:

  • Be educated to degree level (fisheries or other marine discipline an advantage);
  • Holds appropriate boat handling / seagoing qualifications;
  • Sea going experience and experience of planning and implementing enforcement actions; and
  • Experience of at sea and port based inspections, including the inspection and analysis of documentation, fishing gear, catches and onboard electronic equipment for compliance with conservation and management measures.

Additional training will be provided for the successful candidate for the specific roles to be filled.

The position requires considerable time at sea, with significant assignments overseas.

Physical requirements

Fishery officers need to have a good level of fitness and health, and they must be strong as some heavy physical work may be involved.  They must also be able to work at sea. All fisheries officers would need a current ENG1 / ML5 seagoing medical certificate and Safety at Sea Certificate.

Personal requirements

Fishery officers need to be:

  • Good at communicating and relating to people;
  • Good at analysing information and making decisions;
  • Good at report writing;
  • Good IT skills;
  • Motivated, able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Assertive;
  • Honest and reliable;
  • Observant;
  • Able to work well in a team; and
  • Able to handle conflict.


To apply please send your CV along with a covering letter to