Planning & Executing Successful Rotenone & Antimycin Projects

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


The 3½ day on-line course is offered using GoToWebinar platform on November 2-5, 2020.  The class is divided into two, 3-hour sessions for 3 days and a final 3-hour session the last day. The training stresses public involvement, safety, planning and new application restrictions and techniques from the 2nd edition of the AFS Rotenone SOP Manual and is taught by manual’s two senior authors. The course was developed to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s labeling requirements that include the AFS Rotenone SOP Manual. Topics include: soliciting public involvement; fisheries management/conservation plans; strategies for using rotenone; species sensitivities to rotenone; selective (species-specific) treatments; detecting and treating upwelling groundwater; use of GPS technology in planning treatments; proper safety equipment; rotenone and potassium permanganate chemistry and toxicology; reading and following labels and SDSs; instructive project case histories; planning; crisis management strategies; and characteristics of successful projects. The participants are guided through laboratory, field and planning exercises during the course including toxicity tests on rotenone and potassium permanganate, performing calculations to determine amount of material needed to treat flowing and standing waters, constructing and operating piscicide delivery and deactivation equipment, and developing elements of public involvement, application, deactivation, safety and monitoring plans. Participants receive a copy of the AFS Rotenone SOP Manual, and successful completion of a final exam will give the participant a certificate of completion from AFS.


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 SDS 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.


January 11-14, 2021
(9 am-12pm & 1-4 pm M-W & 9 am -12 pm Th)

Length: 3.5 days

Tuition: $850 ($800 AFS members)

Registration: Registration is now open!

Agenda: 2020 AFS Course Online Agenda

Cancellation Policy: All refund requests must be made in writing by fax or email ([email protected]) by December 20, 2020. 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.

For 2020-2021 class information, please contact:

Brian Finlayson, 530.957.0333, [email protected] or
Don Skaar, 406.444.7409, [email protected]