Electrofishing boats and equipment at the University of Minnesota are a shared resource between MAISRC and FWCB. Research teams that are working on MAISRC or FWCB affiliated projects are able to receive access to electrofishing equipment by completing the Electrofishing Boat Access Request form. Please review the use policies and safety training requirements detailed below, prior to completing an access request.

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 by completing the Electrofishing Boat Access Request form and uploading documentation of required certifications.

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 about the policies or procedures of using UMN electrofishing equipment, please contact Cori Mattke at cmattke@umn.edu.