Alan Temple and I taught an electrofishing course in Ft. Collins, Colorado last October. The course was unusual in that there were only backpack electrofishers, so that allowed us to have two field trips, in different habitats, using only backpacks. That permitted us to examine two questions – one pertinent to electrofishing in general, and one more specific to backpack units. This blog examines both questions and what we found.
Sometimes, things just don’t work as expected. You go to a new sampling site, determine ambient water conductivity, estimate a good starting point for standardizing by power and conduct a quick pretrial to fine tune the voltage, current or power levels for successful fishing. But, either the starting point is incorrect, or the sampling begins successfully and then something changes to reduce effectiveness. Below are three examples of unusual circumstances in electrofishing. Two of these were my direct experiences; the other was reported to me.Continue Reading..
Here’s a few pics of electrofishing porn from the American Fisheries Society meeting in Portland, OR, 2015. Lots of new goodies. Enjoy!
Dr Alan Temple introduces the key concepts and methods of operating various backpack electrofishing units.
The following description covers basic trouble-shooting tasks that can be performed in the field. Some companies also publish in-depth trouble-shooting guides for testing control boxes and branch circuitry. Always obtain trouble-shooting guides from the manufacturer of your equipment, if available.Continue Reading..