The Standard Codes committee has reviewed and approved several requests for changes to the ACCSP Gear codes.

  • The first is the addition of a new electrofishing gear code, to accommodate regulations for a new commercial fishing gear license in Virginia.
  • The second is to reclassify several of the existing trawl gear codes into two new gear categories, which would be able to better distinguish between fishing that occurs on the bottom and pelagic (midwater) fishing.

Description: Two electrodes are used to deliver direct current at high-voltage through the water in order to stun fish, which are then captured with a dipnet.

The implementation date in SAFIS and Warehouse will be March 3rd. If you have any questions or concerns, please email We thank you for your patience.