Continuing Education

The objectives of the Bioengineering Section are to promote excellence in the field of fisheries bioengineering through improved communications among biologists, engineers, and other professionals for the proper conservation of fisheries resources. One of our key Bylaws objectives is:

  • “To conduct meetings, symposia, and workshops to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge of basic and applied research on fisheries bioengineering to the scientific and professional community, resource users, and the general public.”

The Section’s Continuing Education Committee coordinates Continuing Education Programs, typically at the AFS Annual Meeting. Future courses may cover such topics as:

  • Downstream fish passage
  • Fish passage at road-stream crossings
  • Fish screening
  • Bioengineering and hydrokinetics
  • Fishing gear technologies
  • Stream and estuary restoration
  • Engineering for Restoration of Rivers and Improved Ecological Systems

If you are interested in participating on the Committee or have an interest in potentially becoming an instructor for future courses, please contact Continuing Education Committee Chairman (and BES Past-President) Doug Dixon at

Recommendations for

Academic Curricula

Engineering for Restoration

of Rivers and Improved

Ecological Systems

Prepared by the Curriculum Working Group, Bioengineering Section, American Fisheries Society, 2006

Abstract - The background required for practitioners in river restoration is interdisciplinary and includes physical, chemical, thermal, ecological, biological, and management processes in river basins. A myriad of processes (hydrological, hydraulic, geomorphic, sediment transport, thermal and chemical) provide a framework within which ecological and biological functions support life. Research and development in these areas, establishing a foundation of sound science and engineering, has intensified worldwide, as a result of widespread recognition of the importance of sustainable and environmentally acceptable use of water resources. Engineering and management of river basins demand the application of interdisciplinary knowledge, and a design philosophy, to produce environmentally sensitive and adaptive engineering works that restore river functions and values. Recognizing the need for educating and training engineers and other professionals in these interdisciplinary components is the main goal of this effort. The American Fisheries Society Bioengineering Section established a subcommittee to identify curricular needs for educating future river restoration engineers. This subcommittee consists of academics, agency personnel and private consultants active in the fields of river and ecological restoration, fish passage, and dam removal engineering. This document is a first attempt at identifying a basic curriculum through the MS degree that provides the background needed to enter the practice of river restoration and related fields. The target student is assumed to have an undergraduate degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering emphasizing water resources. An effort is made to identify where students could feasibly receive the background topics identified as desirable at either the BS or MS level.

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