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 This year, the sewer district’s electrofishing will begin June 15 and go through Oct. 15. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 13 May 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 28 July 2017 Finally, unlike trawling, sonar, or electrofishing, eDNA sampling is virtually impact-less. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, 25 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of electrofishing

1950, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2022

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“Electrofishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrofishing. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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