elec·​tro·​fish·​ing | \ i-ˈlek-trō-ˌfi-shiŋ How to pronounce electrofishing (audio) \

Definition of electrofishing

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

Examples of electrofishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2- to 5-pound study bass were collected from 62-degree water in the Housen Bay area of the lake using the same electrofishing equipment fisheries managers rely on for conducting routine population surveys. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Largemouth bass research hits a snag," 15 Feb. 2020 Taking eDNA readings can never replace the net trawling and electrofishing agencies do on the Chicago waterways twice a year in the spring and fall, looking for invasive carp, McGovern said. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Asian Carp 'eDNA' found in Chicago creek near Lake Michigan. But what does it mean?," 25 Nov. 2019 While engaged in spring electrofishing activities for walleye, DNR Aquaculture Biologist Keith Wiggins-Kegg and an electroshocking team found a giant muskie was also within the shockwaves. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Possible world record muskie boated and released in Mille Lacs Lake," 29 June 2019 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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1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Electrofishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrofishing. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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