Electrofishing with N.C. Wildlife


Electrofishing is an important conservation tool

We’ve all heard about electrofishing, either as an illegal activity or as a method used by fisheries biologists and researchers to study certain species. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission routinely uses electrofishing as part of their surveys. The process leaves no permanent damage to fish. And the majority of the ones caught are released after researchers measure and record certain data about them.

If you ever see it take place, you’ll find yourself watching with great interest. One thing very notable is how fish of certain species travel in similar sizes. When shocking up stripers, for instance, the 40 pounders all seem to swim together. The 10 pounders do the same, and the small ones rarely appear with the large fish.

Check out this video from NCWRC to get a better understanding of how they perform electrofishing, and how it helps them manage the state’s fisheries.

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Brian Cope
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Brian Cope is the editor of CarolinaSportsman.com. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. He can be reached at brianc@sportsmannetwork.com.

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