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The Oregon Hatchery Research Center for Scientists

The Oregon Hatchery Research Center invites proposals from scientists to conduct their research at the center. Research at the OHRC is divided into two categories:

  • Strategic research that addresses the mechanisms leading to differences between hatchery and wild fish, or the ways in which such differences could be managed.
  • Operational and applied research that addresses ways to advance fish culture techniques.

For a more complete description of these categories see the links at the bottom of the page. We encourage people to submit proposals for either category of research.

The OHRC is a joint collaboration of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. The center is nonprofit but does charge a small fee for use of the facilities. Located in the Alsea River basin in the Coast Range of Oregon, the OHRC has access to native and hatchery stocks of salmonids. Researchers should consult with OHRC staff and ODFW pathologists to determine whether the center can accommodate their study species.


The center has residential dormitory space for visiting researchers, and access to both wet and dry lab facilities with controlled environmental conditions. The center also has an extensive range of outdoor holding tanks with ambient conditions, a fish ladder with controlled passage to the upper basin of Fall Creek, and four large, replicate stream channels. The stream channels have video coverage and are equipped with PIT tag arrays to monitor in-stream movement. The layout of the streams can be modified to suit a particular research project.

Other benefits of conducting research at OHRC include access to a wide range of fisheries professionals with expertise in ecology, physiology, behavior, fish culture and genetics. Staff at OHRC, OSU and ODFW will be glad to assist you in developing proposals that meet the center’s research objectives.

Research proposals are reviewed and approved by the 15-member OHRC Board and priority will be given to proposals that address the research objectives stated in the center’s mission statement.

  • To develop an understanding of the mechanisms that may create differences between hatchery and wild salmon and steelhead.

  • Provide technical advice and assistance to manage these differences to meet fishery and conservation objectives.

For more information about conducting research at OHRC, contact David Noakes, senior scientist, at

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