Electrofishing Principles and Safety Certification Course
This class is the most widely attended electrofishing certification course in the United States. Electrofishing is an important tool for scientists to collect a range of fishery data such as species composition, population estimates, and growth rates. Without training, improper techniques and settings can bias results and be injurious to both humans and fish. Modern equipment and proper training can improve safety and data collection.
Testimonials from State, Federal, Tribal, and Local agencies, as well as private industry.
“You wouldn't think that folks like me with 29 years of electrofishing field experience would have much to learn. Boy was I surprised how much I learned!”
“The classroom presentation was great and the instructor kept it engaging and very interesting.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the class and am now confident in my ability to properly electrofish.”
“I now understand the importance of knowing how to properly set voltage, duty cycle, and frequency.”
“I enjoyed that this was taught by a highly qualified fisheries scientist who used practical examples to help me understand electrical terms.”
“Very hands on with applied experience.”
“Starting up the electrofisher and getting it set correctly used to be intimidating. You removed that intimidation factor.”
“This class answered all of the questions that I have had for a very long time, but never knew who to ask.”
“I have taken electrofishing training with other agencies. This training is way better.”
The class taught at our Vancouver, Washington, USA headquarters costs $400 per student or is free with purchase of any new Smith-Root backpack electrofisher. Courses held at other locations will have different costs.
Patrick Cooney, Certified Fisheries Scientist
Director of Electrofishing Science and Business Development
Have questions? Contact Patrick Cooney, Certified Fisheries Scientist.
Patrick Cooney is a Certified Fisheries Scientist with global fisheries research experience. Patrick’s research sites include the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, desert pools in Mexico, the largest lake in Guatemala, tidal pools in the Bahamas, the Everglades in Florida, warmwater streams in Puerto Rico, salmon aquaculture facilities in California, and coldwater streams in the mountains of North Carolina, all with diverse fish communities.
At Smith-Root, Patrick is responsible for understanding the research needs and scientific equipment demands of aquatic scientists. Relying on two decades of fisheries research and electrofishing experience, he provides expertise to fisheries scientists who utilize technology to complete their research objectives. Further, he certifies hundreds of scientists each year while instructing Electrofishing Training courses around the globe. The fundamentals of the class focus on proper deployment of electrofishing equipment to meet research objectives while ensuring personnel and aquatic organism safety. Patrick also develops and field tests Smith-Root products while leading the electrofishing product development team.
Patrick has a M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from University of Florida and a B.S. in Biology and Marine Science from University of Miami. Patrick enjoys hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and writing for the website he co-founded (TheFisheriesBlog.com).