Generators with Isolated Neutrals

Most boat electrofishing pulsators (control boxes) are powered with portable generators that provide 240-V, single-phase AC. These generators are available from common commercial sources such as hardware stores or electrical supply houses. (Note: a notable exception is the GPP pulsator made by Smith-Root, Inc., that requires a specially-constructed generator; it will not be discussed further here.) This short blog explains the electrical outlet of a generator, how to test for the safety of a generator if used for boat electrofishing, and what to do if the test indicates that a generator is not safe for electrofishing.

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Man Overboard!

Electrofishing is a primary sampling method for near-shore fish species in lakes and rivers, and for fish species and assemblages in streams. We must admit, however, that it is a sampling technique with inherent risks. People, water and electricity are in close proximity. This blog describes the potential for human injury or death if someone falls into water having an electrical field. It specifically involves boat electrofishing, but the same idea can be used for tow/push barges, shore-based units and backpack electrofishing.Continue Reading..

Boat Electrode Changes: Effects on Resistance

Overall resistance of an electrofishing system is determined by the combination of ambient water conductivity and the electrodes.  The electrode shape, number, length or size, diameter of stock material, configuration and spacing affect both their overall resistance and the profile of the electrical field in the water around the electrodes.  Rarely are there data available for assessing the effects of electrode changes on resistance or on fish catch. This blog presents some empirical results from field measurements of electrode resistance before and after some electrode changes.

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