061 Chris Conroy, Scotland

Chris Conroy is the director of the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board and a water bailiff. He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Applied Biology, and has over 25 years of experience working as an aquatic resource manager. Through his duties, he has developed an in-depth knowledge of freshwater, marine and estuarine resource management and the associated stresses, utilisation, and conservation demand. In this episode, we dive in to the lore around Loch Ness, the differences in enforcement, the specs of being a water bailiff, and more

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Here’s What We Discuss:

  • Cover the Loch Ness waters in Scotland
  • Loch means lake
  • Fishery bailiff = fishery enforcement officer
  • Sightings of the Loch Ness monster
  • 20 miles wide, 700 feet deep 
  • Don’t work for the government; statutory powers
  • Lots of fisheries 
  • Differences in laws
  • Don’t carry firearms; gear differences
  • Good cases
  • Thermal imaging 
  • Enforcement and management
  • Topography
  • Fish counts
  • Intervention of impacts 
  • Issues with stocking fish
  • Collecting evidence
  • 162 offenses last year
  • Pulley system case
  • American vs Scottish bailiffs

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