Planning & Executing Successful Rotenone & Antimycin Projects

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


Spring 2022 In-person Course:


The 4½ day training course stresses public involvement, safety, and application restrictions and techniques 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; species sensitivities to chemicals; selective versus eradication treatments; detecting and treating upwelling groundwater; use of GPS technology in planning treatments; proper safety equipment; rotenone and potassium permanganate chemistry, toxicology and environmental behavior; reading and following labels and SDSs; instructive project case histories; 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 and potassium permanganate at realistic concentrations, performing calculations to determine amount of chemicals needed to treat flowing and standing waters, constructing and operating application 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 ([email protected]) 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.


Tentative dates: May 23-27, 2022

Where: Utah State University, Logan
Old Main Hill
Logan, UT  84322

Length: 5 days

Tuition: $1200 ($1100 AFS members)

Registration will open in late fall 2021

Agenda: Coming soon!

Cancellation Policy: All refund requests must be made in writing by fax or email ([email protected]) by Friday, June 18, 2021. 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.

January 2021 Virtual Course:

January 11-14, 2021

Agenda: 2020 AFS Course Online Agenda

Materials: Download page (password protected)

For 2021 class information, please contact:

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