The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking 12 voting members for the newly created Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board. The new Board replaces the OHRC Advisory Committee, which was abolished by the Oregon Legislature with the passage of HB 3441.

The bill directs that the 12 voting members of the Board be selected by the ODFW Director, and include representatives of the Oregon Salmon Commission, Columbia River gillnet fishery, agricultural industry, coastal ports, forest products industry, independent scientific community, Indian tribes, fish habitat restoration interests, and two representative each from wild fish advocacy and sport fishing organizations. In addition, the Board shall include three non-voting members representing ODFW, Oregon State University and the federal government.

The Board is charged with advising the OHRC Director on operational, budget and research priorities at the research center. Additional details about the Board’s responsibilities can be found in HB 3441, available on the web here.

Initial Board appointments will be for staggered two, three and four-year terms. Subsequent appointments and re-appointments will be for four years. The Board will meet at least quarterly and members may be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Candidates must submit a letter of interest and provide three references by Aug. 30, 2013. Candidates should specify in their letter of interest which position they are applying for. The final selection of Board members will be made by Sept. 30, 2013.

The OHRC is a cooperative research project between ODFW and OSU. The center’s mission is to develop an understanding of the mechanisms that may create differences between hatchery and wild fish, and devise ways to reduce and manage the differences so that hatcheries can be used responsibly in the conservation and management of Oregon’s native fish.

For more information about the OHRC Board or how to submit a letter of interest, please contact Heather Thomas at or (541) 757-5101. For more information about the OHRC, visit OHRC’s Web site at

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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