elec·​tro·​fish·​ing | \ i-ˈlek-trō-ˌfi-shiŋ \

Definition of electrofishing

: fishing that employs a direct electric current to attract and usually temporarily immobilize fish for easy capture

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On one recent electrofishing outing, the researchers pumped the stomach of an adult walleye as part of their diet analysis. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 This was the first electrofishing experience for Carlson and Wilson, and the equipment was only as effective as its novice handlers. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Parkside students shock Root River fish for science," 28 July 2017 Finally, unlike trawling, sonar, or electrofishing, eDNA sampling is virtually impact-less. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Use Teeny Bits of Leftover DNA to Solve Wildlife Mysteries," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of electrofishing

1950, in the meaning defined above

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