Module 5 - Electrofishing course

Training as a fisheries technician offers a multifaceted exposure to the fascinating field of aquaculture and fisheries management.

In addition to acquiring skills in the operation of artificial plants, special attention is paid to the management of natural waters. A sound understanding of the respective ecosystem is essential. This includes the abiotic factors along flowing waters, the classification of these waters into different fish regions, and the response of fish populations to changes in their habitats. Equally important is the knowledge of the different types of lakes with their specific criteria, material cycles and fish populations.

Especially in Austria, the understanding of the manifold human influences on flowing waters plays an important role, especially with regard to the "good ecological status" according to the Water Framework Directive. The prospective skilled workers represent the professional group who are to act as multipliers in our society for intact water bodies and fish populations and convey the value of fish as a food and resource.

Another focus of Module 5 is the professional handling of electrofishing equipment. This will address issues related to the operation of these devices as well as examine the effects of the electric field on fish. In addition, how the response of fish can be used both for water management and for assessing the ecological status of a water body will be discussed. Regulatory requirements and safety guidelines will also be considered. Conducting the course between May 8 and May 12, 2023, undoubtedly provided a challenging week for the prospective skilled workers. Module 5 offered a varied and instructive experience.