- Company News
- Posted Thursday, January 26, 2017
Kiwi Electrofishing Class
Fisheries research plays an integral role in the conservation of native New Zealand fish and the management of New Zealand sportfish.
Patrick Cooney, Smith-Root’s Director of Electrofishing Science, instructed two electrofishing courses in New Zealand in December 2016 with overwhelming support and attendance. Cawthron Institute in Nelson (South Island) hosted one class and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council hosted another class in Napier (North Island).
Field days were held in local streams during each of the two courses. Most New Zealand stream fish are demersal in nature, therefore, electrofishing is almost exclusively conducted in a downstream sweeping motion. Netters set small brailed block nets and electrofishers sweep the anode and allow water flow to push fish into the waiting nets.
We captured native fish, including short finned and long finned eels, bullies, lamprey, smelt, and galaxiids, and non-native fish, including brown trout and yellow perch. Class attendees greatly enjoyed successfully immobilizing fish, especially eels, with the Electric Fish Handling Gloves.
Attendees included fisheries professionals from NIWA, Regional Councils, Fish and Game, Cawthron Institute, Universities, Tribes, Department of Conservation, and Private Consulting Firms.