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August 25, 2020

Electrofishing Principles and Safety Certification Virtual Course - August 25, 2020 -

This is a one day virtual class hosted online from Smith-Root headquarters in Vancouver, Washington. The morning consists of a classroom lecture-based session covering basic electrical theory, electrofishing equipment, operation and safety, and applied electrofishing methods. The afternoon is a field-based session where instructors set up and operate electrofishing equipment and demonstrate information learned in the morning session. Get more information and a complete course description here.

March 18, 2020

Smith-Root Response To COVID-19 And Our Commitment To You

As of May 11, 2020, Smith-Root is strategically implementing a phased approach to reopen business operations in order to supply services and equipment to our colleagues and business partners. In consideration of the important work you do in the field and the important work we do to supply you with equipment and services, Smith-Root was designated an "essential business". We take this status and process seriously and have a plan in place to open strategically in multiple phases. During our first phase, production, assembly, repairs, shipping, and receiving are working a staggered…

December 10, 2019

GPP Retirement Party

In 1981, Smith-Root announced in the American Fisheries Society Fisheries Bulletin the very first model of the Generator Powered Pulsator, or more commonly called the GPP. It is with both sadness and excitement that we announce the retirement of the amazing GPPs. Over the last 38 years, GPP electrofishers provided you with the capability and confidence to conduct your critically important aquatic resource management and conservation research. Subsequently, we anticipate that many of you will continue to use GPP electrofishers for years to come because of the quality of craftsmanship…

July 22, 2019

Smith-Root Designs Solar-Powered Electric Barrier to Preserve Critically Endangered Mudfish Habitat in New Zealand

The Canterbury Regional Council recently completed construction on the first pulsed DC electrical barrier in New Zealand. The electrical barrier is designed to deter upstream movement of Brown Trout from the Hororata River into a tributary that contains one of the largest populations of the Canterbury Mudfish, a native fish that has a conservation status of Threatened (Nationally Critical) under the New Zealand Threat Classification System. The Canterbury mudfish (Neochanna burrowsius) is native to New Zealand and, as the name implies, is endemic to the Canterbury Plain south of…

February 14, 2019

Salmon & Trout Spawning and Biosecurity Workshop

Smith-Root scientists recently attended the Salmon & Trout Spawning and Biosecurity Workshop (Pendleton, OR) as well as the Northwest Fish Culture Conference (Portland, OR) to present exciting results from their recent publication in the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. The study—led by Smith-Root researchers, Phong Nguyen (M.S.) and Austen Thomas (Ph.D) and conducted at the University of Idaho’s Aquaculture Research Institute—focused on the rapid detection and monitoring of bacteria directly from fish-rearing water. Their findings showed that the Biomeme field molecular…

February 13, 2019

Certifying Sapporo Salmon Scientists

Leading fish scientists and managers from Sapporo, Japan traveled to Smith-Root’s headquarters for a private Electrofishing Certification and Safety Course. Patrick Cooney, Director of Electrofishing Science, worked with a translator to stress the three important aspects of electrofishing: fish health, crew safety, and meeting scientific objectives.

June 28, 2018

Electrofishing Certification Field Day

Electrofishing Certification Course, by the numbers: 17 fisheries professionals received certification 6 States of residence 10 entities (Represented by Federal, State, County, City, Tribal, Watershed Council, and Private Consulting Firm) 4 backpack electrofishers (Apex, LR-24, LR-20B, Model 12) 1/4 mile electrofishing transect 30 Hz, 12% Duty Cycle, 300 Volts 8,488 Seconds of Effort 600 fish (sculpin, stickleback, minnow) 3 blacktail deer (mom and two fawns) visited us 6 Cedar Waxwing birds ate the aquatic insect hatch as we electrofished 2 days of awesomeness! We heard you…

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June 21, 2018

ANDe™ Hits the Field for Workshops!

The onset of warm weather and long summer days often marks the beginning of field season for many fisheries professionals. Research boats are abuzz on the water, biologists are wading through forest creeks, and field equipment are getting a workout. The beginning of field season also means a high demand for training workshops as it relates to Smith-Root equipment. In its inaugural season, many eDNA sampling backpacks will be hitting the field for the first time this summer as eDNA surveys begin ramping up through the next several weeks. Recently, we took advantage of the amazing…

June 18, 2018

Saving the Canterbury Mudfish

Five species of endemic mudfish are found in New Zealand, and they are all threatened or endangered.  The fish have a unique life history that allow them to live for months at a time burrowed into the stream bed while they wait for rains to fill the slow meandering streams they occupy.  The problem they face is those same habitats they need for survival are also heavily used for farming practices.  Additionally, the fish face pressures from non-native sport fish encroaching on the limited habitats they have left and preying on mudfish. Conservation agencies and land owners in New…


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