Ontario Fish Identification Workshop

July 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
University of Toronto
$300 + HST

The 2019 Fish ID workshop will involve a series of lectures and hands-on experiences (including working through preserved specimens with dichotomous keys such as those in Freshwater Fishes of Canada) designed to highlight the key identification features of Ontario’s fish families and selected species.

Two levels of training are integrated into the workshop:

  • Level 1 focuses on the identification of fish families, sport fishes and other common species (for example, differentiating Smallmouth Bass from Largemouth Bass or Brook Trout from Brown Trout), and is designed for individuals with some prior experience identifying fishes.
  • Level 2 focuses on juvenile sportfish and adult “common” minnows and darters, among others (for example, differentiating Emerald Shiner from Rosyface Shiner or Greenside Darter from Rainbow Darter), and is structured for participants with a bit more experience in fish identification.

At the end of the workshop, students will be given the option of taking a test to assess their proficiency at Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 (Advanced). Please note: Training for Level 3 is not provided at this workshop.

The test is not mandatory. However, if students pass the test, their certification level will be entered into the OSAP database.


DATE & TIME: Wednesday July 17 to Thursday July 18, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: University of Toronto (Exact Location Details Forthcoming)

This course is recommended for anyone conducting aquatic sampling in Ontario where fish identifications are required.