CSP2C01 - Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing (Online)

Course CodeCSP2C01
Course TitlePrinciples and Techniques of Electrofishing (Online)

This class builds knowledge and skills that will enable biologists to increase the standardization and efficiency of electrofishing sampling while operating in a safer manner. Participants learn how to apply electrical circuit and field concepts to various challenges related to sampling, equipment performance, selection of suitable equipment, equipment trouble-shooting, fish injury, and safety.


  • Improve standardized sampling and efficiency by developing power/power density goal settings (power and electric field standardization), manipulating waveform attributes (type, frequency, duty cycle, voltage, etc.), evaluating electrode design and placement; and incorporating efficiency factors in sampling designs;
  • Evaluate equipment by estimating effective operating range across water conductivities based on equipment specifications, electrode resistance, and power required for successful electrofishing;
  • Evaluate equipment by considering waveform control, metering, and safety features;
  • Operate electrofishing equipment safely;
  • Develop a safety program for staff;
  • Use a fish injury risk model to assess and minimize electrofishing-induced fish injury;
  • Evaluate the usefulness of catch per unit effort data to detect trends;
  • Describe a process to estimate capture probabilities and then use these estimates to adjust catch per effort data to abundance estimates; and
  • Understand and apply concepts presented in the electrofishing literature.


The course link will open the Moodle site for you. In order to access Moodle, you will need to sign in as a guest. When the site opens, follow these steps:

  • Click the course 'Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing'.
  • When the login screen appears, cick 'Login as a guest'. This is underneath the Username and Password section.
  • Click in the course again.

IMPORTANT: To complete the course, you must go back to DOI Learn after you have reviewed the content and take the 'Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing Final Exam'. When this is passed with an 80%, you will have completed the course and will be able to print your certificate.


  • Word, PowerPoint and Excel 2010 (works best)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • PopTools can be downloaded here: www.poptools.org


The tuition charge for the course is $50. Tuition has been prepaid for FWS, NPS, and BLM employees (no payment required). Tuition should be paid upon beginning the course. For CSP2c01, prior to, or immediately after submitting your registration, you may provide payment by credit card through the NCTC Shopping Cart. (http://vcart.velocitypayment.com/fws/index.php?cPath=116)

You will be required to create a Shopping Cart account prior to purchasing one or more Standard Vouchers for this course.

After you create your account (or login to an established account), you'll be taken to the Store Home page. Click on the 'Tuition/Fees' link in the left-hand column, then click on 'Standard Tuition Vouchers'. Select 'FWS-CSP2C01-OLT-Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing'.

Delivery MethodOnline Self Study
Non-FWS Fee$50.00
Instructional Hours28
Course Content ContactDr. Alan Temple: alan_temple@fws.gov; (304) 876-7440; alan_temple@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryEcology and Field Biology
Registration LinkRegister
Extracted from DOI LEARN on2/28/2015 4:01:27 AM

Schedule:  CSP2C01 - Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing (Online)

StartEndLocationSession Contact
Self Study Online Dr. Alan Temple: alan_temple@fws.gov
(304) 876-7440