RISC - Fish Identification

Course Description

The Fish Identification training course is a 2 day lab-based course that combines classroom presentations by the facilitator and practical exercises where you get a chance to identify fish, using fresh and preserved specimens. The course is comprised of 5 modules:

  • Fish Anatomy
  • Fish Classification
  • Species Descriptions: Salmonids
  • Voucher Specimens
  • Species Description: Non-Salmonids


The course is expected to give you both the skills and knowledge to key out and identify the most common freshwater fish in BC. By the end of the course, participants should be able to do the following:

  • Identify major external and internal body parts used in fish identification
  • Count body parts using dissecting tools and a dissecting microscope
  • Use a dichotomous fish identification key
  • Key all freshwater fish in BC to the family level
  • Describe life history, habitat requirements, and regional distribution for those species
  • List the most widely distributed, threatened (red-listed) and vulnerable (blue-listed) species.
  • Euthanize fish and prepare a voucher specimen

Class vs Field

Class: 2 days


Registration information.  


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.