AFS Technology Workshops

Sunday, September 29, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.


What Kind of PIT Tag Should I Choose for My Project? How to Use Passive LF and HF RFID for Tracking Fish and Wildlife

Presented by Oregon RFID

PIT tags for tracking fish and wildlife will be discussed and demonstrated to show the differences between LF and HF RFID. It is important to understand the capabilities and limitations of each technology to select the appropriate one.


Acoustic Telemetry

Presented by InnvoaSea Systems / Vemco

During the workshop, we will explore various subjects pertinent to experienced and new telemetry researchers. We believe that scientists who use our technology should have an up to date understanding of the technology as it relates to best practices in the field, study design, data management and analysis. You are never too experienced to learn! We will also show you what’s new in the world of Vemco acoustic telemetry. We have several new innovative products to show that we believe will open new research doors and enhance your telemetry data experiences. Contact to reserve a seat.

Monday, September 30, 9:40 – 10:10 a.m.

Tech Talk: Wildlife Computers

Presented by: Nanci Taplett

What It Takes To Become A Tag: Wildlife Computers is the leading provider of advanced wildlife telemetry solutions to the scientific community. But what goes into the making of a tag?
Learn what goes into tag development—everything from engineering to analysis—and how that has grown and changed over the last few years. Learn more about just a few of our collaborations with renown scientists from all over the world that have led to amazing research.


Monday, September 30, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Tech Talk: Gyotaku Demo with Little Pond Nature Prints

Presented by: Bruce Koike

Though fish has been a major element of Japanese culture, it was not until the late 18th century that the accidental discovery of a fish impression was made by Lord Sakai.

This art form can enhance the hands-on experiences at outreach programs, reinforce classroom learning and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The artist, Bruce Koike (Newport, Oregon) will demonstrate the fish printing process and be available to respond to any questions.

Bruce earned a Master’s Degree from Oregon State University and has worked at turkey hatcheries and public aquariums, founded the NSF funded Aquarium Science Program at a community college, and currently commercial fishes from his 18′ boat.

The process will be continuously demonstrated during the allocated time. Examples of original art can be viewed at the Little Pond Nature Prints exhibit (#414), or on the web at:


Monday, September 30, 2:50 – 3:20 p.m.

Tech Talk: Big Fin Scientific

Presented by: Chris Carroll

Tuesday, October 1, 9:40 – 10:10 a.m.

Tech Talk: The Smith-Root eDNA Sampler System

Presented by: Austen Thomas, PhD

Smith-Root is a world leader in environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling technology. This presentation will provide an overview of the recently developed eDNA sampler system and key features that increase sampling efficiently and overall eDNA data quality. Learn about GPS-integrated mobile sampling, self-preserving eDNA filter packets, and find the right sampling system to meet your project needs.

Tuesday, October 1, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Tech Talk: Building Data Visualization Dashboards for your project, team, customer or organization

Presented by: Mike Hawbecker, Supported by: Vizalytics

Learn from your data by seeing your data. This tech talk will introduce users to modern data tools, concepts and services that can transform the way you collect, explore, analyze and share insights about your data. If you can create charts & graphs in Excel, you have all the technical skills you need to start turning your data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights. This talk will appeal to project managers, excel users, data managers, data scientists or anyone that needs better access and understanding of their data.

Tuesday, October 1, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Tech Talk: Drones: Not Just for Spying on Your Neighbor

Presented by Richie Carmichael, Biomark Applied Biological Services (ABS)

Pairing fish and habitat data at multiple spatial scales and life stages is difficult, time consuming, and often an expensive task in fisheries research. With the advent of remote sensing technologies like Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and drone mounted sampling instruments (e.g., multispectral sensors and high-resolution red, green, blue (RGB) cameras) becoming more affordable and accessible, our ability to map rivers and assess fish/habitat continuously across the riverscape is ever improving. To further utility of drone mounted sensors, Biomark Applied Biological Services (ABS) collected and paired roughly 20 kms of high-resolution stream imagery, mark-recapture fisheries data, and minimal on-the-ground habitat sampling in 4 reaches across the Upper Salmon River watershed of Idaho. We developed open source scripts and packages in R to semi-automate fish/habitat metric calculations, imagery processing and post processing, and the merger of all data sources from the channel unit to reach scale for analysis and visualization. Further, we continue to apply and progress both RGB, and multispectral imagery processing to aide in analysis of watershed limitations, species life stage limitations, and restoration prioritization in the Upper Salmon Basin, specifically the Lemhi River. Collaboration with multiple agencies across the Pacific Northwest has allowed for this research progression and we look forward to collaborating and applying these techniques with current and future partners.


Tuesday, October 1, 2:50 – 3:20 p.m.

Tech Talk: Data Collection Module (DCM)

Presented by: Matt Brower

The Biomark Data Collection Module (DCM) was developed to support electronic data collection using readily available and relatively inexpensive tablets. The DCM is fully customizable, allowing users to create data collection templates that feature repeating data fields (e.g., date, location, species, project, etc.), drop-down menus, and the ability to enforce data requirements and acceptable input ranges. DCM interfaces via Bluetooth with handheld RFID readers, electronic fish measuring boards, scales, and bar code scanners supporting nearly hand-free data collection, and eliminating the complications associated with cabled connections. Data is easily exported in excel, .csv, or text format.
Talk Synopsis:

• Session/ Template creation
• Initial Bluetooth, Data Fields, and General Data Configuration
• Connecting Bluetooth devices
• Making custom fields
• Example of Data Collection
• Scanning tags
• Taking Lengths and weights
• Exporting Data
• Cloning the Data Fields for a new day’s data collection
• Questions?

Tuesday, October 1, 3:20 – 3:50 p.m. and 3:50 – 4:20 p.m.

Tech Talk: Electrofishing Reinvented

Presented by: Patrick Cooney

Come learn the ins and outs of electrofishing. Have you ever been electrofishing and had questions about why sometimes you are effective and other times you are not? Do you sometimes wonder what Duty Cycle and Voltage are and how they impact your catch?

We will answer those questions, provide step by step instructions on finding effective electrofishing settings with changing water conditions, and share with you the newest developments in electrofishing and data collection in the field. Get ready to bring your electrofishing to the next level.