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Company News - April 01, 2015

Becoming a Certified Electrofishing Team Leader

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Have you ever asked these questions: How do I get the most out of my electrofishing equipment? Is it a bad idea to stitch a net onto my electrofishing ring? Do you have special settings for lamprey? What is the difference between peak and average voltage? Fisheries professionals from around the globe asked these excellent questions, and more, when they joined us in Vancouver, Washington, USA, for our quarterly Electrofishing Principles and Safety course on March 10-11, 2015. The...

Company News - October 16, 2014

Invasive Carp Barrier Installed in Minnesota

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Smith-Root commissioned the installation of an electric fish barrier in Jackson County, Minnesota.  The barrier, locally referred to as “1C,” was installed in the downstream end of a box culvert that passes a drainage ditch under a rural road near Brewster.  The purpose of the barrier is to prevent the upstream passage of invasive carp. The barrier is located near the geographic divide that separates the Little Sioux River watershed from the Des Moines River headwaters.  Because...

Company News - October 09, 2014

Electric Fish Barrier Commissioned in Norway

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Smith-Root commissioned the installation of an electric fish barrier in the tailrace of Rygenefossen (Rygene Hydro Powerplant) located near Arendal, Norway.  The current structure at Rygenefossen initiated power production in 1978 after replacing a former power station at the same site. The hydropower dam at Rygenefossen impounds the Nid River (Nidelva) and utilizes a hydraulic head of 38 feet.  The on-site Kaplan turbine has a capacity of 56 MW and is fed by a 71-foot-long...

Company News - September 23, 2014

Smith-Root’s New Home for Innovation

We at Smith-Root are excited about the location of our new building. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of Salmon Creek, the site enjoys incredible views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood that inspire us to seek ambitious goals, while nearby 100 year-old oak trees remind us that to stand the test of time, we must branch out and work with others. We look forward to the educational and research collaborations presented by our new facilities. To the south, our property is bordered by...

Company News - September 16, 2014

Who Can Put a Ford Truck Through the Harshest of Environments?

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Ford Trucks asked all Australians: Who can put a Ford Truck through the harshest of environments? The winner: Terry Vallance, a fisheries scientist, was deemed the most extreme by a public vote because he tows electrofishing boats and backpack electrofishes with a Smith-Root LR-24 in remote Northern Queensland. Watch the video…are you as extreme when conducting your field work?