Planning & Executing Successful Rotenone & Antimycin Projects

For biologists who manage the planning and execution of rotenone or antimycin projects


The 4½ day training course stresses public involvement, safety, planning and new application restrictions and techniques and safety from the AFS Rotenone SOP Manual. The course was developed to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reregistration requirements that rely on the label and standard operating procedures for the piscicides rotenone & antimycin. The course uses classroom lectures, laboratory and field exercises, participant presentations, classroom discussions, and quizzes on the content as instructional methods. The course was developed and is taught by the two senior authors of the AFS Rotenone SOP Manual. Topics include: soliciting public involvement; fisheries management/conservation plans; piscicide strategies; species sensitivities to piscicides; proper safety equipment; piscicide and potassium permanganate chemistry and toxicology; reading and following labels and MSDSs; interesting project case histories; planning and project plans; crisis management strategies; and characteristics of successful projects. The participants perform laboratory, field and planning exercises during the course including performing toxicity tests on the two piscicides and the deactivating agent at realistic concentrations, performing calculations to determine amount of piscicide needed to treat flowing and standing waters, constructing and operating piscicide delivery and deactivation equipment, and developing public involvement, application, deactivation, safety and monitoring plans. Participants receive a copy of the new AFS Rotenone SOP Manual (written by the instructors), and successful completion of a final exam will give the participant a certificate of completion.


Biologists, technicians, and mangers that apply, manage or administer project budgets and personnel or deal with public communications on rotenone or antimycin projects.

Continuing Education Credits

The class has been accredited for continuing education hours in state Qualified Applicator License/Certificate programs. If interested, please contact Brian Finlayson (see below) for more information. The course has also been approved for Professional Development Quality Points by the American Fisheries Society Continuing Education Committee.

Course Objectives

  • Develop strategies for projects that reflect sensitivities of target species, characteristics of the chemicals and influencing environmental conditions;
  • Develop plans for public involvement, application, neutralization, monitoring, and safety;
  • Develop strategies that deal positively and effectively with unanticipated events;
  • Implement application and deactivation techniques that minimize environmental impacts;
  • Explain product label and MSDS requirements and how these affect use;
  • Characterize effects on target and non-target organisms and environmental fate of the chemicals;
  • Understand the need and techniques available for involving the public during the planning process; and
  • Describe key environmental laws, regulations, and processes and how these affect use.

*When: May 14-18, 2018

*Where: Utah State University, Logan

Length: 5 days

Tuition: $1,200 ($1,100 AFS members)

Registration: Registration is now closed.

Cancellation Policy: All refund requests must be made in writing by fax or email ( by Monday, April 30, 2018. 80% of the total charges will be then refunded. No cancellations or refunds will be made after that date. Full refunds will be issued only in the case of cancellation of a continuing education workshop by AFS.

*Individual, in-state classes for groups have been arranged, contact Brian Finlayson (see below)

For 2018 class information, please contact:

Brian Finlayson, 530.957.0333, or
Don Skaar, 406.444.7409,

Lodging block reserved at University Inn – Event: American Fisheries Society 2018, University Inn, 800.231.5634