elec·​tro·​fish·​ing i-ˈlek-trō-ˌfi-shiŋ How to pronounce electrofishing (audio)
: 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 That's where the electrofishing or trawling for samples comes in. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, 7 Nov. 2023 In order to test the health of the ecosystem, officials use a method called electrofishing, which gently shocks the fish (without hurting them) and forces them to float to the surface of the water so surveyors can check for any signs indicating unhealthy water, Houck said. Marika Gerken, CNN, 8 Dec. 2020 Shepard says that backpack electrofishing could be used to fend off any invasive fish in smaller streams—including escapees from fish farms. Gabe Rivin, Discover Magazine, 24 Nov. 2014 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electrofishing was in 1950

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“Electrofishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrofishing. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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