CSP2201 - Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing

Course CodeCSP2201
Course TitlePrinciples and Techniques of Electrofishing
DescriptionThis 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.

o 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;
o evaluate equipment by estimating effective operating range across water conductivities based on equipment specifications, electrode resistance, and power required for successful electrofishing;
o evaluate equipment by considering waveform control, metering, and safety features;
o operate electrofishing equipment safely;
o develop a safety program for staff;
o use a fish injury risk model to assess and minimize electrofishing-induced fish injury;
o evaluate the usefulness of catch per unit effort data to detect trends;
o describe a process to estimate capture probabilities and then to use these estimates to adjust catch per effort data to abundance estimates; and
o understand and apply concepts presented in the electrofishing literature.

Target Audience:Aquatic biologists that use electrofishing as a sampling or collecting tool.
Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$1,195.00
Instructional Hours36
Course Content ContactAlan Temple: alan_temple@fws.gov; (304) 876-7440; alan_temple@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryAquatic Species Biology and Conservation
Course FrequencyOnce per year
Registration LinkLMS
College Credit NameSemester Hours
College Credit Value2
Extracted from DOI LEARN on1/17/2019 3:30:19 AM

Schedule:  CSP2201 - Principles and Techniques of Electrofishing