The first pilot study on the effects of electric pulse stimulation on larger cod carried out in 2008 was based on a single nominal setting of the Verburg-Holland UK153 pulse system with the intention to determine the range of pulse characteristics with which injuries to the fish occurred. This study was designed to obtain a more detailed view on the effects of the pulse characteristics and to investigate if a specific pulse parameter has a key role in the effects. Lower pulse amplitudes with longer pulse width and higher frequency could induce different effects than pulses with higher amplitudes, shorter pulse width and lower frequency. In this way the effects can be related to a specific pulse parameter and its threshold value. Another aim of major importance is that this research also carried out on the electrically exposed fish that would normally escape through the cod-end meshes with unknown longer term effects. This was already recommended after the first experiment in 2008.
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