FWCB Electrofishing Safety Training Program

To use electrofishing equipment as part of your duties on an FWCB-affiliated project, you will need to first complete formal training on safe operation of this equipment, as well as have current CPR credentials. Electrofishing training is described below. Your participation must be documented and this record should be provided to the department (i.e., Nancy Rothman - rothm005@umn.edu). You only need to complete this training once.

Training Program Steps

  1. Review Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources handbook on electrofishing.
  2. Complete the USFWS 2 hour online training course. The following link will take you to the course listing. Once you're at the course listing, select the register link, which will start the registration process. When you receive your registration information from the USFWS you can enroll for the course. Obtaining a course registration code can take 1-3 days. Here is the link to the USFWS 2-hour online training course.
  3. Participate in a hands-on field session using FWCB equipment (boom shocker, barge shocker, backpack electrofisher). Field training can be done with experienced users within your lab group or through Mark Hove or Jay Maher.
  4. Complete CPR training through the department or an external training provider. This certification needs to be renewed every two years.
  5. Document your training with Nancy Rothman.

48 hours prior to collecting fishes, you need to notify the following organizations:

MN DNR Fisheries Office – Area Fisheries office contact information.
MN DNR Conservation Officer – MN DNR Conservation Officer Locator.

If collecting in a Minnesota state park – Contact Park Manager.

Electrofishing equipment sign-up sheets are posted in Room 109, Hodson Hall

You need to receive permission from the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and possibly other agencies (e.g., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service), to collect fishes from Minnesota waters.

Volunteers must complete a waiver (.doc).

Resources on handling electrofishing equipment

Zale, A. V., D. L. Parrish, and T. M. Sutton, editors. 2012. Fisheries techniques. 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD. 1069 pp.

Department Contacts: If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this web page please contact Jay Maher (jay@umn.edu) or Mark Hove (mark_hove@umn.edu).