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Backpack Electrofishing and Fish Handling Techniques
Effective Methods for Maximizing Fish Capture and Survival
Hosted by Northwest Environmental Training Center

Electrofishing is an effective way to sample freshwater fish populations. However, electrofishing may cause fish injury or mortality. The proper balance between efficient sampling and minimal adverse effects to fish is achieved through use of proper field techniques and understanding the principles of electricity. This course is intended to meet the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) training requirements for electrofishing field staff. The NMFS guidance and training requirements document may be downloaded here. This course will provide a one-day overview of electrofishing principles and practices and one day of field experience. On the first day, participants will spend the day in the classroom learning electrofishing principles and science. On the second day, participants will spend the day in the field learning backpack electrofishing techniques at a nearby stream. On the last day of the course, we will process the results of the field session, review the essential concepts and techniques of electrofishing, and answer any final questions

Tuition: $695 ( *$595 reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and AFS, NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members). For general information contact Kristine Robson by telephone at 206-762-1976 (Fax: 206-762-1979) or via e-mail at

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