Fishery Electrofishing Services

As part of our wide variety of fishery management services we offer and electrofishing service for fisheries in the UK.

What is Electrofishing?

Electrofishing is a safe, commonly used technique used by trained professionals for surveying fish within a fishery. When carried out safely and within the correct guidelines, it stuns fish momentarily allowing them to be caught examined and then returned to the fishery without harm.

The device used for this process is called an electro fisher and uses two electrodes, an anode and a cathode, to deliver a charge into the water. When the electro fisher is triggered any fish within a close distance of it will undergo a muscular spasm, which causes them to swim towards the anode ring. This is known as galvanotaxis. Thorough historic testing with AC and DC currents it has now been determined that smooth DC current is the safest with pulsed DC only required normally within colder months when additional time is required to retrieve fish under the influence of this method.

 Why Would Your fishery benefit from our electro fishing services?

Using Heathland Aquatic Engineering’s Electrofishing services for your fishery, enables you to keep records of the population of fish in your lake, including numbers, species and the overall health of the fish. This will help you to better manage your fishery or for us to do it for you if you prefer. This method can also be used to remove unwanted stocks which may be sold to other fisheries.

Heathland Aquatic Engineering Electro Fishing Services

As with anything where water and electricity meet, it is important that such a service is carried out with all necessary safety precautions taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. Heathland Aquatic Engineering’s professionally trained staff will carry out any electrofishing services in teams of three, wearing protective clothing and will follow every health and safety aspect to the letter. This technique is an easy way to survey the fish population within the fishery and to check the health of the fish in general and then return them to the water body unharmed.

We supply all equipment and our services to domestic and commercial clients throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, London, Kent and the whole of the United Kingdom. For more information and advice about any of our products or information about wildlife fencing, wildlife habitat creation, lake construction or our fishery and consultancy services, please email or call 0800 3891990.