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Backpack Electrofishing: Principles and Practices
Hosted by Northwest Environmental Training Center


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 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.

This three-day course is intended to meet the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) training requirements for electrofishing field staff.


For general information contact Christa Lilly by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at

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