Fish & Fish Habitat Inventory Methods

Course Description

The Fish & Fish Habitat Inventory Methods (FFHIM) is an intensive, ‘hands-on’ three or five-day practical review of standard North American fish and fish habitat inventory and assessment methods.  This applied program is largely field-based, where course participants will learn how to conduct comprehensive and quantitative fish and fish habitat inventory and assessment methods

Objective

Upon successful completion, participants will be fully-qualified and able to conduct standard North American fish and fish habitat inventory and assessment procedures, including:  

  • Manage an electrical field in an electrofishing operation
  • Operate an electrofishing unit to reduce potential injuries to crew, animals and the environment
  • Maximize electrofishing results through effective field strategy
  • Conduct a safe and effective electrofishing field session
  • Operate standard fish habitat and fish capture field equipment
  • Conduct standard fish habitat assessment measurement procedures
  • Identify and quantify fish habitat features and fish habitat requirements
  • Recognize fish habitat(s) use by fish species and life stage
  • Quantify fish habitat for a given fish species and life stage
  • Conduct standard fish habitat assessment data collection
  • Operate standard fish inventory equipment
  • Conduct quantitative fish inventory procedures (Catch-per-unit-of-effort, multi-pass removal, etc.)
  • Calculate fish population estimates using standard procedures
  • Conduct field hydrology procedures including flow metering
  • Identify and quantify fish habitat disturbance indicators

Class vs Field

The FFHIM has two enrollment options: a three-day course (24 hours) (where current and valid BC Electrofishing Certification is the prerequisite) and five-day course (40 hours) (that includes Electrofishing Certification as one course module).

FFHIM (5-day)

  • EF Electrofishing Certification
  • Fish habitat field measurements
  • Fish habitat assessment – qualitative & quantitative methods
  • Field hydrology
  • Fish inventory methods – qualitative & quantitative methods
  • Fish Identification
  • Biological Sampling
  • Comprehensive fish and fish habitat inventory field assignment
  • Class: 1.5 days; Field: 3.5 days

 

FFHIM (3-day)

  • Fish habitat field measurements
  • Fish habitat assessment – qualitative & quantitative methods
  • Field hydrology
  • Fish inventory methods – qualitative & quantitative methods
  • Fish Identification
  • Biological Sampling
  • Comprehensive fish and fish habitat inventory field assignment
  • Class: 0.5 days; Field: 2.5 days

 

Prerequisites

No perquisites exist for the five-day FFHIM course. A current and valid BC-issued Electrofishing Certification is a mandatory perquisite for the three-day FFHIM course.

You Supply

  • Classroom supplies (includes clipboard, rulers, pen, paper, calculator),
  • Appropriate field gear, including chest waders and appropriate field wear.

Course Schedule

Course Schedule information

Registration

Registration information.

Refunds

Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 days prior to the start date of the course.  Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines - information will appear in the intake's details available on the NREP schedule page. Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or lab fees.   Please note:  A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.

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