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Aquatic Inventories Aquatic Inventories Project (AQI)
Created in 1990, the Aquatic Inventories Project is a statewide freshwater and estuarine research program. The project assesses aquatic habitat, conducts fish presence and absence surveys, monitors fish populations, establishes salmonid watershed prioritization, monitors habitat restoration projects, and reconstructs historical salmonid life history.
 
Chum Salmon Chum Salmon Reintroduction Project
The Chum Salmon Reintroduction Project monitors the abundance and distribution of adult and juvenile Chum Salmon and their habitats in Oregon tributaries to the Lower Columbia River Basin. Monitoring efforts are currently ongoing in four Lower Columbia River Chum Salmon populations.
 
Willamette Spring Chinook Coastal Chinook Research and Monitoring Program (CCRMP)
The Coastal Chinook Research and Monitoring Program (CCRMP) conducts research on populations of Chinook salmon on Oregon's Coast.  The majority of this work is focused on north migrating populations important to Oregon's participation in the Pacific Salmon Treaty.  Our work includes generating robust population estimates for specific basins, estimating harvest of returing adults, and determining appropriate methods and tools to monitor Chinook populations in a cost effective and accurate way.
 
Coded-Wire Tags Coded-Wire Tags (CWT)
Evaluation of hatchery programs requires monitoring of activities in the hatchery, as well as, where, when and how many hatchery fish are caught or return to spawn. Our objectives are to (1) monitor adult production from hatchery releases; (2) evaluate rearing and release strategies that will help to improve the survival rate of hatcheryproduced smolts; and (3) establish a comprehensive long-term database that will provide information needed to address issues of biology, allocation, and conservation.
 
Scale Analysis Project Fish Life History Analysis Project (FLHAP) 
The Fish Life History Analysis Project (formerly “Scale Analysis Project”) is part of the Western Oregon Research and Monitoring Program within the Northwest Region. The project provides technical support within this program and to other programs, research projects, and management districts within the agency. The project uses fish scales to provide age composition, hatchery or wild origin, life history, and growth information as needed. Data provided by this project are used for run size forecasts, status assessment, identification of hatchery strays, and growth analyses.  The project will be expanding into analyses of the microstructure of fish otoliths to supplement the data gleaned from scales.
 
Salmon Vortex Fish Rearch Evaluation Data & Decision Support (REDD)

The REDD group is a part of the Conservation and Recovery program within ODFW's Fish Division. We think about the ways ODFW collects, organizes, analyzes, and uses information for decision making. "Our focus is on providing managers with high quality data to inform decision making. We incorporate the latest advances in sampling methodologies, statistical analyses, predictive modeling, and decision making research to better measure and understand the trajectories of fish species and provide results in the most impactful way possible."

 
Native Fish Investigations Native Fish Investigations (NFI)
The Native Fish Investigations Project conducts statewide research on Oregon’s non-anadromous native fish. Our mission is to provide scientific information on the status (distribution and abundance), life history, genetics, and habitat needs for Oregon’s native fish populations. This information is intended to aid fish managers and landowners in developing appropriate conservation and recovery strategies, and on-going monitoring plans.
 
Oregon Adult Salmonid Inventory and Sampling Oregon Adult Salmonid Inventory and Sampling (OASIS)
The Oregon Adult Salmonid Inventory & Sampling project is responsible for conducting monitoring and research to assess the status of wild stocks of Coastal and Lower Columbia anadromous salmonid populations. Duties include coordinating and conducting coastal and lower Columbia River salmon spawning ground surveys, as well as, implementing reseach to improve inventory methods. Other duties include technical assistance to various fishery managment programs.
 
Salmonid Life-Cycle Monitoring Salmonid Life Cycle Monitoring (LCM) Project
In 1998, as part of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) began monitoring survival and downstream migration of salmonid fishes (Oncorhynchus spp.) in coastal basins. As a part of this program the Salmonid Life-cycle Monitoring project developed three objectives: 1) estimate abundance of adult salmonids and downstream migrating juvenile salmonids, 2) estimate marine and freshwater survival rates for coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and 3) evaluate effects of habitat modification on the abundance of juvenile salmonids.
 
Upper Willamette River Bull Trout Studies Upper Willamette River Bull Trout (UWRBT)

Populations of bull trout Salvelinus confluentus have declined markedly over the last century as a consequence of habitat alteration, introduction of nonnative species, overharvest, and eradication efforts.  Accordingly, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed bull trout as threatened in the coterminous United States under the Endangered Species Act in 1999.  Bull trout are native to the Willamette River basin and presently occupy the McKenzie River and Middle Fork Willamette River drainages.  ODFW, in cooperation with other agencies participating in the Upper Willamette Bull Trout Working Group, has conducted research, monitoring, and bull trout translocation efforts for more than two decades.

 
Western Oregon Rearing Project Western Oregon Rearing Project (WORP)
In 1998, the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds mandated that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife establish annual summer surveys to monitor juvenile coho salmon in Oregon Coastal streams. The objectives of these surveys are to: 1) monitor trends in the abundance and distribution of juvenile coho in each of five coastal coho Gene Conservation Areas (GCAs); and 2) provide information needed to investigate the relationships between freshwater habitat characteristics, adult spawner abundance, and juvenile recruitment.
 
Willamette Spring Chinook Willamette Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E) Program
Research conducted by the program supports efforts to conserve and recover threatened salmonids in the Willamette Basin and is guided by the 2008 Willamette Project Biological Opinion (BiOp), the Upper Willamette River Conservation and Recovery Plan for Chinook Salmon and Steelhead, and ODFW’s mission to “protect and enhance Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.” 
 

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