FDRD partners with the U.S. Forest Service and provides volunteers to “shock,” net, and measure fish in a local stream or river. This provides valuable data and helps USFS staff gauge the health of the stream. USFS employees will lead a volunteer group upstream, while shocking the water with a strong electrical charge, to stun the fish into submission so they can be collected. Volunteers follow with fish nets, catch all of the fish, and place them in buckets. We typically catch as many as 80-100 fish! After collection the volunteers will measure the fish, one by one, record the species, then set them free.
Check the Calendar page for upcoming Fish Shocking volunteer opportunities