Fish Habitat Restoration (FHR) - Field Techniques


The Fish Habitat Restoration (FHR) – Field Techniques course is a three-day, field-based training program suited for technicians and field biologists conducting fish habitat restoration (FHR) programs. This program will provide hands on training in the many field techniques and FHR project requirements. Course participants will learn to conduct fish population estimates using multi-pass fish removal techniques, fish exclusion & salvage techniques, erosion & sediment control on site, rod & level surveying and stream long profiling, field hydrology, stream measurements including bed roughness & composition, and how to identify limiting factors in the field. This course will include class-based presentations, and extensive field training.

FHR - Field Techniques is one in a series of NRTG Fish Habitat Restoration training programs currently offered, including Fish Habitat Restoration - Off-Channel Techniques and Fish Habitat Restoration - Instream Techniques. Each program focuses on a specific area of restoration and is designed to complement our other FHR training program(s). These courses may be completed in any order.

Note: The FHR - Field Techniques course will be offered in a few select locations and dates for fall 2019. Future plans (2020) include offering this training in other Canadian provinces, as well as contract deliveries to any organization or company. For more information, please contact us.

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enrol once - come back anytime.


Upon successful completion, participants will be able to:   

  • Identify and contrast roles and responsibilities for a FHR program

  • Identify and contrast types of fish habitat restoration

  • Collect biophysical stream Pre-Development field data

  • Conduct fish exclusion and fish salvage techniques on site

  • Identify and contrast types of erosion & sediment control options and techniques

  • Identify (fish) limiting factors in the field

  • Conduct stream hydrology procedures

  • Conduct rod & level surveying (long profiling) on site

  • Conduct fish population estimation techniques, including multi-pass fish removal

  • Identify key scheduling considerations for a Fish Habitat Restoration project

Who enrolls in the FHR - Field Techniques course?

Course participants may include technicians, Aboriginal stewards, field biologists and other field personnel involved in FHR field procedures and projects.


Current and valid backpack Electrofishing Certification is recommended, but not mandatory. Previous experience with Fish Habitat Assessment or completion of NRTG’s Fish Habitat Assessment - Level One course is recommended.

Personal Protective Equipment:

This course is both classroom and field-based. Participants are required to bring/supply writing pad, pen/pencils and refreshments (lunch is not provided), as well as suitable field clothing, field transportation, and own personal protective equipment, including: leak-free chestwaders, wading belt, hat with brim, non-slip footwear, polarized glasses. Note: NRTG will provide Linemans gloves for all Electrofishing certified course participants. Non-certified students will be required to watch this demonstration or participate in other field training activities. For further information, please contact NRTG.

How do I Attend? 

This course is available via our website Schedule Page, or on contract to organizations/community groups. The FHR – Field Techniques course is regularly scheduled for community-based deliveries throughout the year. Interested groups or organizations can also arrange for an ‘in-house’ or contract delivery of this course. In either scenario, contact NRTG for further information.

If you would like to have this course delivered to your group or community, please consider the following:

1. Contact us well in advance of your preferred course start date

2. If applicable, secure program funding

3. Recruit course participants (most NRTG courses have minimum enrollments of 10-12 participants)

4. Coordinate course participant equipment, classroom facility, and contractual agreement with NRTG.

Check our course Schedule page for upcoming course deliveries. 

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