Continuing Education and Training

Upcoming workshops


The American Fisheries Society has a long and reputable history of promoting and enhancing the technical, professional, and administrative knowledge and skills of its members. In this spirit, the Cal-Neva AFS Continuing Education program is committed to the development of meaningful and timely continuing education opportunities that facilitate the collaboration and further development of our chapter members.

The Cal-Neva AFS Continuing Education program is designed for students and professionals who seek to enhance and broaden their knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of fisheries management. Courses cover the scientific, technical, regulatory, and public policy knowledge related to fisheries management and environmental decision making. The program aims to provide the necessary courses to analyze, assess, and manage a wide variety of fisheries issues from general topics to specific applications.

In order to accomplish this goal, chapter members are encouraged to get involved. Please contact the Continuing Education Chair, Brian Mahardja, with your course ideas and together we can create a successful and thriving program.


  • 2nd Annual Cal-Neva AFS Native Fishes Workshop: Pinot & Pikeminnow [ August 5-6, 2019, Russian River, California ]

Although Mother Nature ruled the day and forced the cancellation of the Clear Lake Native Fishes Workshop scheduled for April of this year; the Native Fishes Committee remains undaunted and is planning a Native Fishes Workshop to be held on the Russian River for August 5thand 6th, 2019. This workshop will combine the beauty of wine country with kayaking and snorkeling on the Russian River. August 5thwill feature talks on fish native the Russian River, including Tule Perch, Hitch, Sacramento pikeminnow, and Pacific lamprey. In addition, we have reserved a group campsite at Casini Ranch Campground on the banks of the Russian River where we will host a Cal-Neva AFS sponsored BBQ.  August 6thwill be spent kayaking/snorkeling the Russian River.  We can reserve a Kayak for you if you require one (Shawn is working on getting us a deal, please contact him for rental prices). SPECIAL NOTE: The campground requires the final guest list 30 days in advance.  While we can add you to the workshop and camping after July 5th, there may be a fee for camping.  As an enticement, camping will be free for the first 24 people who sign up prior to July 5th).

Registration is now open! Please see the Registration Form here. Download the updated Native Fishes Workshop Flyer here. If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Shawn Chase [email protected]

  • Drone Technology & Regulation for Biologists. April 9-12, 2019, Hastings Reserve
Description: This workshop is designed to provide an overview of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology, regulations and image analysis in support of drone applications. It is targeted towards participants with little to no experience in UAS technology who are interested exploring practical applications of UAS. Participants will gain practice conducting flight operations using two popular UAS platforms. Additionally, we’ll discuss geospatial technologies for monitoring and mapping natural resources with hands-on experience on practical examples.
An optional Mentored Research Project takes place at the end of the workshop and will allow participants to practice what they’ve learned through a project designed by David Bird, Ornithologist and Editor of The Journal of UAS. Cost: $475 (member), $525 (non-member).  Register here: