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Backpack Electrofishing: Principles and Practices


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Course Title: Backpack Electrofishing: Principles and Practices
Course ID: BIO 407
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): May 31, 2017: 8:30am - 4:30pm
June 1, 2017: 8:30am - 4:30pm
June 2, 2017: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery
941 N Reeve Blvd
Anchorage, AK
Instructor: Dr. James B. Reynolds
Tuition: $945 / $895*
$845 / $795* (Before May 6, 2017)
Class is Closed

 

Description:

Electrofishing is an effective way to sample freshwater fish populations. However, it may cause injury or mortality to the fish if done incorrectly. Proper balance between efficient sampling and causing minimal harm is achieved through the knowledge of electrofishing principles and use of proper techniques.

This course combines classroom lecture with field demonstration/participation exercises to give attendees the knowledge and basic experience they will need to safely and effectively electrofish. It includes two days of classroom lecture with a field day in the middle during which the concepts discussed in class will be demonstrated and practiced by attendees. The class will visit a stream/river/creek and each attendee will operate the equipment under the guidance of the instructor.

The day of field exercises provides attendees with real-world experience applying the concepts discussed in the classroom. The combination of classroom lecture, field demonstration, and participation exercises gives attendees the knowledge and basic experience they will need to safely and effectively electrofish.

"I feel this course greatly improved my understanding of why electrofishing works" Anonymous, May 2015

"[Dr. James B. Reynolds] was great.  No matter what the question or issue, he was constructive in solving it.  Very encouraging as well.  Obviously has extensive knowledge on the subject. If any colleagues need info on e-fishing or a refresher I would definitely recommend it." T. Hawks, April 2013

“[This class provides] an excellent overview of the biological, environmental and technical considerations of e-fishing for all levels of experience. The electrofishing application in the “field” was very helpful for transfer of information and learning of topics discussed in the classroom.” B. McCrācken, June 2013

“He [Jim Reynolds] is a great instructor.  I don’t think there is anyone more qualified to teach this course.  He has a great outlook on life.” N. Legere, June 2013

 

 

IMPORTANT: Our field trip will be to Brandy Creek, a tributary of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area of the National Park Service, about 20 miles from Redding. You must bring your own gloves, waders, and wading boots but are not required to bring dip nets unless you wish. The NPS has issued a permit for the field trip, including the need for us to address the issue of inadvertent transport ofinvasive aquatic species on our equipment. Specifically, our gloves, waders, wading boots and dip nets must be decontaminated during the week prior to the course. If you use them within the week prior, they must be frozen for at least 12 hours and completely dried.

This three-day 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.

Reduced tuition is available to employees of Native American tribes, government agencies, and nonprofits, students, and AFS and NAEP members. 

Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements.

You may register via the registration button above or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at (425) 270-3274.

 

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for biologists, field personnel, and other professionals seeking an improved understanding of the principles and techniques of electrofishing.

Continuing Education Units: 2.00 CEUs

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Course Topics

Electric Circuits and Fields

  • Principles and terminology
  • Characteristics of AC, DC and pulsed DC waveforms
  • Power transfer
  • Electric field characteristics
  • Effects of size, shape, and spacing of electrodes
  • Water conductivity measurement

Fish Behavior and Welfare

  • Fish reactions in AC, DC, and pulsed DC fields
  • Attracting fish for capture
  • Causes and reductions of fish stress
  • Types and causes of fish injury
  • Reducing fish injury and mortality
  • Effects of electroshock on fish eggs and invertebrates
  • Obtaining permits for backpack electrofishing

Backpack Electrofishing Systems

  • System components
  • Types of equipment
  • Evaluating output
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Understanding settings
 

Backpack Operations and Safety

  • Safe use of backpack electrofishing equipment
  • Common safety issues
  • Safety policies
  • Crew organization
  • Role of first aid and CPR training

Field Trip Exercises

  • Waveform output evaluation
  • Electrode resistance measurement
  • Electrical field mapping
  • Voltage threshold for fish capture
  • Fish capture techniques
  • Fish storage recovery, handling, and release
  • Field data requirements

Sampling Design and Applications

  • Goal-oriented designs
  • Factors affecting electrofishing efficiency
  • Use and validity of electrofishing data
  • Development of standardized power tables





 

About the Instructor

Dr. James B. Reynolds

Dr. James B. Reynolds

Dr. James B. (Jim) Reynolds is Professor Emeritus of Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he served on the faculty from 1978 to 1999. Jim is a recognized authority on electrofishing and ecology of northern fisheries. He has taught electrofishing short courses to over 1,500 biologists in the U.S. Canada, and other countries; is the author of the chapter on electrofishing in "Fisheries Techniques" published by the American Fisheries Society, and has written numerous research articles on the subject. Jim is past President of the Education and Fisheries History sections and the Missouri and Alaska chapters of the American Fisheries Society. He has provided technical guidance to many state and federal agencies including the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Services regarding electrofishing guidelines.

What to Bring

IMPORTANT (Redding, CA Course): Our field trip will be to Brandy Creek, a tributary of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area of the National Park Service, about 20 miles from Redding. You must bring your own gloves, waders, and wading boots but are not required to bring dip nets unless you wish. The NPS has issued a permit for the field trip, including the need for us to address the issue of inadvertent transport ofinvasive aquatic species on our equipment. Specifically, our gloves, waders, wading boots and dip nets must be decontaminated during the week prior to the course. If you use them within the week prior, they must be frozen for at least 12 hours and completely dried.”

Please bring a scientific calculator and a pen or pencil, and notepad if you would like to take notes (you may also choose to take notes in your book). We also recommend a laptop with Word, Excel and the ability to read PDF files. For the field, you will need chest waders or hip boots, and suitable outdoor clothing including rain gear. Depending on course location, you may also want to bring insect repellent.

We also recommend non-breathable waders


Lunch will be on your own, but drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Lunch will be provided on the field trip day. 

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel

Cancellations*

  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available


*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

Disability Accommodations:

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at [email protected] or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.


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  •   941 N Reeve Blvd Anchorage, AK 99501

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*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members.

If you have any trouble registering please call (425) 270-3274 ext 103
Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements. Please review what to bring!

 

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