The 4½ day training course stresses public involvement, safety, planning and new application restrictions and techniques and safety from the new 2nd edition 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. The course uses classroom lectures, laboratory and field exercises, participant presentations, classroom discussions, and quizzes on the content as instructional methods. Topics include: soliciting public involvement; fisheries management/conservation plans; piscicide strategies; species sensitivities to piscicides; selective (species-specific) treatments; detecting and treating upwelling groundwater; use of GPS technology in planning treatments; proper safety equipment; piscicide and potassium permanganate chemistry and toxicology; reading and following labels and SDSs; instructive 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 rotenone, antimycin and potassium permanganate 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 AFS Rotenone SOP Manual published in 2018, 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.
- 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.
*When: September 9-13, 2019
New York Department of Environmental Conservation
Rome State Fish Hatchery
8306 Fish Hatchery Road
Rome, New York 13440
Length: 5 days
Tuition: $1,200 ($1,100 AFS members)
Registration: Registration is now open!
Agenda: Draft Course Agenda
Cancellation Policy: All refund requests must be made in writing by fax or email ([email protected]) by Friday, August 23, 2019. 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 2019 class information, please contact: