Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol – June 5-9, 2017

This five-day course is designed to train and certify users in a variety of standardized stream assessment techniques for evaluating habitat, benthos and fish communities in Ontario’s wadeable streams.

Course Description

The methods taught are documented in the OSAP Manual and are provincially recognized as standards by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and federally recognized by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Like the modular OSAP manual, the training is organized into the following complementary units:

  • Identifying and documenting site locations
  • Benthos sampling
  • Temperature sampling
  • Fish community sampling, including Class 2 backpack electrofishing certification
  • Characterizing physical processes and in-stream structure
  • Data management

Introductory (i.e. Level 1) benthos identification (OBBN) and Level 1 and Level 2 fish identification courses are offered concurrently on the weekend preceding the OSAP course.

When Is It Offered?

The next course will be offered June 5 to 9, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario. The contact email for registration is michelle.paton@rvca.ca. Two additional Spring / Summer 2017 courses are being proposed for the Greater Toronto Area and Sault Ste. Marie.

See the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) website further information.