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.
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
- Characterizing physical processes and in-stream structure
- Data management
An evening lecture will present methods and safety related to backpack electrofishing; this combined with a field practicum and test will allow participants to certify to a Class 2 Backpack Certification.
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 May 8-12, 2017 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, followed by June 19-23, 2017 in Oshawa, Ontario. See OSAP Course – Sault Ste. Marie or OSAP Course – Oshawa to register or for more information.
See the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) website further information.