Fish Habitat Restoration (FHR) - Instream Techniques


The Fish Habitat Restoration (FHR) – Instream Techniques course will provide skills and knowledge to successfully conduct and manage an instream restoration project specific to low-gradient stream environments. This two-day, classroom-based course will provide skills and knowledge to successfully conduct site selection, habitat assessment, construction techniques and other key considerations for a variety of in-stream restoration projects, including riffle and groyne design (Newbury Riffle design principles), aeration, bank stabilization, creation of spawning/rearing habitat , and opportunities for rehabilitation in salt lakes (unique to the Canadian prairies). Methodologies for evaluating the functionality of rehabilitation projects and the establishment of funding partnerships will also be reviewed. This course will include class-based presentations, case studies and group discussions.

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

Note: The FHR - Instream Techniques course will be offered in a few select locations and dates in Saskatchewan and Alberta during 2019. Future plans (2020) include offering this training in other Canadian provinces.

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


Upon successful completion, participants will be able to:   

  • Identify types of instream fish habitat restoration options and methods

  • Identify and apply stream hydrology and river engineering principles

  • Conduct a preliminary reconnaissance for a potential instream FHR project

  • Identify key biological factors to consider and incorporate into FHR planning

  • Identify and contrast physical design considerations and project selection criteria for in-channel restoration techniques, and in-stream habitat offset and compensation/mitigation projects

  • Evaluate the functionality of rehabilitation projects

  • Identify sources of funding

  • Identify key scheduling considerations for a Fish Habitat Restoration project

Who enrolls in the FHR - Instream Techniques course?

Course participants may include technicians, biologists and other professionals required to conduct, design and manage fish habitat restoration projects. 


There are no formal prerequisites. However, a basic knowledge of statistics would be an asset. 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 100% classroom-based. Participants are required to bring/supply writing pad, pen/pencils and refreshments (lunch is not provided). 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 – Instream 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 participants)

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

Check our course Schedule page for upcoming course deliveries. 


Jeff Sereda, PhD.

Senior Fisheries Ecologist, Adjunct Professor University of Saskatchewan

Jeff holds a PhD. in Limnology and an Aquaculture Technician Diploma. He served a manager of a
commercial salmonid hatchery for 4 years, lectured at the University of Saskatchewan on topics of on fish physiology, taxonomy, ecology, conservation, and aquaculture. Currently, Jeff is a Senior Habitat and Population Ecologist with the Saskatchewan Government and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Jeff research has encompassed topics such as assessing the risk of lakes to anthropogenic eutrophication, macrophyte management, fish habitat restoration, and the impacts of water management on species as risk (Bigmouth Buffalo, Chestnut Lamprey, Mountain Sucker, and Lake Sturgeon). Jeff’s research has been presented at over 60 national and international conferences and resulted in 15 peer reviewed publications.

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