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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 tuition charge for this course is $50. Tuition has been prepaid for FWS, NPS, and BLM employees (no payment required). For all others (external applicants), tuition must be paid prior to beginning the course in Moodle. To pay the tuition, click on the link below and complete the form to purchase a $50 self-study course. Enter the course code, the student’s name and the quantity you are purchasing.
**External training applications/submissions in DOI Learn will not be approved until payment is made. Questions related to this process may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO ACCESS THE COURSE CONTENT:
Once your request for the course has been submitted and approved, the course link will open a 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:
1) Click the course 'Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing'
2) When the login screen appears, click 'Login as a guest'. This is underneath the Username and Password section.
3) Click in the course again.
IMPORTANT: To complete the course, you must go back in to DOI Learn after you have reviewed the content (in Moodle) 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.
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