Our mission is to improve the conservation and sustainability of Oregon fishery resources and their aquatic ecosystems for long-term public benefit by advancing science, education and public discourse concerning fisheries and aquatic science and by promoting the development of fisheries professionals.
One of the most controversial and hot topics in fisheries biology today is the interaction between hatchery and wild salmon and steelhead. To address and better understand these interactions, fisheries managers and researchers are reevaluating how hatchery programs are managed and if these programs may be contributing to the decline in wild populations. However, hatcheries across the Pacific Northwest continue to play a vital role in producing fish that support recreational, commercial, and tribal harvest and are used to mitigate anthropogenic impacts to fish populations.
As the relationship between hatchery and wild populations becomes better understood, there is a growing need to inform policy makers, resource managers, recreational, tribal, and commercial fishing communities, and the general public on the importance of wild populations, and to define the role that hatcheries play in supporting fisheries. The Hatchery vs. Wild Symposium will convene regional leaders in fisheries management and research to discuss the role of hatcheries and how these facilities can best be used to meet the dual objectives of wild population conservation and fishery harvest.
American Fisheries Society Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program
Coos Bay BLM, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Charleston Office, and the Forest Service Powers Ranger Station mentored three students selected to participate in the American Fisheries Society Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program (see full story)
Congratulations to the Chapter’s new Executive Committee for 2014!
President Elect – Troy Brandt
President – Mike Gauvin
Past President – Todd Buchholz
Vice President – Jason Seals
Secretary/Treasurer – Anthony Siniscal
Internal Director – Kelly Coates
External Director – Holly Huchko
The new Excom will officially take effect May 1, 2014
Tell us what you thought about your 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting
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The 2014 Oregon Chapter Annual Meeting Planning Committee
2014 Annual Meeting Abstracts now on-line
Want to learn more about an interesting paper or poster presented at the Annual Meeting? Click here to access the abstracts and more!
Highlights of the first external ORAFS committee, Save Our Bays – Assembled by ORAFS Historian Don Ratiliff