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Subject: Fish Identification Course
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Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 8 Nov 2010 16:43:18 -0500
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Training Announcement 
 
                            Fish Identification 
                                  FIS2220 
 
Course Dates: January 3 - 7, 2011 
Course Location: National Conservation Training Center 
College Undergrad Credit: 2 semester hours                Course Length: 5 
days/36 hours 
Instructors:  Dan Cincotta, non-game fish biologist, West Virginia DNR and 
Stuart Welsh, Assistant Coop. Unit Leader, West Virginia Cooperative Fish & 
Wildlife Research Unit 
 
Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to develop participant 
fish identification skills and knowledge of regional freshwater fish 
species.  Participants will learn an overall system for identifying fish. 
Characteristics of major taxonomic groups within each family will provide 
the basis to approach species-level identification.  Although emphasis will 
be placed on the families Cyprinidae, Percidae, Centrarchidae, 
Catostomidae, and Ictaluridae, specimens from 25 North American freshwater 
fish families will be available for study.  This course is "hands on" and 
lab-intensive.  Field exercises will provide fresh specimens for 
identification. 
 
Who Should Attend:  Natural resource professionals needing fish 
identification skills for tasks such as ecological research projects, 
predator-prey studies, or assemblage-level biomonitoring using fish. 
 
Objectives: 
 
      ·                     Identify unknown fish by following methods as 
      described in the course; 
 
      ·                     Use proper fish collection labeling and 
      preservation techniques; 
 
      ·                     Discuss the benefits of using a combination of 
      reference sources for fish identification; 
 
      ·                     Use distributional maps as an aid to fish 
      identification; 
 
      ·                     Use dichotomous keys; 
 
      ·                     Discuss identification tricks-of-the- trade; 
      and 
 
      ·                     Correctly obtain morphometric information 
      needed for fish identification. 
 
 
Cost: There is no tuition fee for FWS, NPS, or BLM personnel.  Tuition is 
$950 for other participants. 
 
How to apply: To register, 
 
Non-DOI employees: Please fill out this form: 
http://training.fws.gov/documents/Application_Student.pdf and fax it to our 
Registrar (304-876-7202). 
 
DOI employees with a DOI Learn profile: Go to DOI Learn at 
http://www.doi.gov/doilearn/ > Log-in > home page appears > click on 
catalog > enable advanced search > click on course code and type in the 
course code in the search box > when the course appears, click on the 
details tab > click on the submit request tab and follow directions.  Once 
you are approved to take the class by your supervisor,  you’ll get an email 
directing you to go back into DOI Learn and select the course date you wish 
to attend.  That action will register you for the class. If you have 
questions, the Registrar may be contacted at (304) 876-7692. 
 
Questions:  Please contact Matt Patterson, [log in to unmask] or Lee 
Crouse, [log in to unmask] , NCTC Conservation Science and Policy  Branch, 
at 304/876-7444.

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