SALEM, Ore – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University announced today the appointment of Reese Bender of Coos Bay, Ore. to the Oregon Hatchery Research Center (OHRC) Advisory Committee.
Bender, a retired fishery biologist from ODFW, spent 30 years working on the southern Oregon coast. His experience included research related to the Elk River Hatchery program and a variety of hatchery and sport fishing projects in the Coos and Coquille watersheds. Bender currently serves on the board of directors for the SW Oregon Chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders and is a board member of the Coos Watershed Association.
He will serve a four-year term on the OHRC Advisory Committee representing the scientific community.
The 15-member committee advises the OHRC Senior Scientist on activities and functions related to the operation and maintenance of the OHRC. Committee members represent the federal government, local governments, conservation groups, sport fishing groups, the commercial fishing industry, tribes, resource producers (agriculture, timber and gravel), watershed councils and education. Two members represent the public-at-large and four represent the scientific community.
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 Advisory Committee, please contact Margaret Cleveland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-947-6230. For more information about the OHRC, visit OHRC’s website.