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Conservation and Recovery Plans

An informed, strategic approach to recovery that is based on science, is supported by stakeholders, and is built on existing efforts and new proposed recovery actions. The plans are linked to an adaptive management framework that will allow it to evolve over time with the acquisition of new information, including the assessment of the success of recovery actions implemented.

Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds

Salmon, and the rivers that are their home, are fundamental and treasured elements of Oregon's diverse landscapes. The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds is Oregon's cooperative effort to restore salmon runs, improve water quality, and achieve healthy watersheds and strong communities throughout the state.

25-Year Recreational Angling Enhancement Plan

This plan outlines the goals for recreational fisheries management, identifies angling enhancement strategies, and describes actions and pilot programs to accomplish those goals.


Fish Passage Program Fish Passage Program
The Fish Passage Program is responsible for implementing state fish passage laws, providing resources and information for those affected by the laws or seeking to improve passage, working with the Fish Passage Task Force advisory group, and working with local ODFW staff and others to improve fish passage throughout the state.
Fish Restoration & Enhancement Program Fish Restoration & Enhancement Program
On June 29, 1989, the Oregon Fisheries Restoration and Enhancement Act of 1989 was signed into law. The Act allows the Department of Fish and Wildlife to undertake a comprehensive program to restore state-owned fish hatcheries, enhance natural fish production, expand hatchery production, and provide additional public access to fishing waters. The Department's program provides increased recreational fishing opportunities and supports and improves the commercial salmon fishery.
Fish Screening and Passage Grant Program Fish Screening Program
The Fish Screening Program assists water users install fish screens on diversions to prevent the loss of fish while allowing the water user to receive and use their water. ODFW has a fish screening cost-share program, a state tax credit, and technical assistance available through this program.
Marine Resources Program Marine Resources Program
The MRP is responsible for monitoring, sampling, research and management of both the commercial and recreational marine fisheries. It is the Marine Resource Program's (MRP) goal to increase the quality and quantity of stock assessments and biological information through improved at-sea and dockside sampling programs and through carefully designed research projects.
Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program (OSCRP) Native Fish Conservation and Recovery Program
The Conservation and Recovery Program is responsible for coordinating management direction and setting policy relative to the agency's mission to conserve native fish for present and future use.  This entails participating in the development of conservation and recovery plans, providing input on specific management decisions and plan implementation, determining monitoring needs, assessing and analyzing population status, coordinating ESA permitting, and conducting habitat and native fish research and monitoring, as well as overseeing Natural Resource Information Management program which includes considerable information on fish, wildlife, streams and water.
Natural Resource Information Management Program Natural Resource Information Management Program
The Natural Resources Information Management Program is a part of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and is a participant within the regional StreamNet Project, a cooperative venture of federal and state agencies and tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Our Program provides information and services that are essential for accomplishing ODFW's mission - to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for enjoyment by present and future generations.
Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program (OSCRP) Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program (OSCRP)
The Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program (OSCRP) is responsible for evaluating and managing Oregon fish populations that cross international, federal, and interstate jurisdictions. Sections within the OSCRP include: Columbia River Fisheries and Management, Ocean Salmon Fisheries Management, Columbia River Coordination and Columbia River Investigations.
Hatchery Research Center Oregon Hatchery Research Center (OHRC)
The goal of the Oregon Hatchery Research Center (OHRC) is to answer questions related to fish recovery and hatchery programs, including the differences that may exist between wild and hatchery fish, and how to better manage those differences.
MarinePrivate Pond Stocking

Private Pond Stocking
Private fish ponds have been popular for decades. They can provide fishing enjoyment for children and an opportunity for pond owners to create and manage their own personal fisheries. However, if they are not regulated, private fish ponds have the potential to seriously harm wild fish populations in adjacent rivers, streams, and lakes.

Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP)
The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) recognizes that volunteers play an important role in the restoration of salmon, steelhead and trout. Volunteers have donated money, materials, equipment, and countless hours of time and labor. STEP volunteers have completed stream habitat restoration work, conducted surveys, helped with education projects, and hatched and reared several million salmon and trout eggs - all because they care about fish and fish habitat.
Youth Angling Enhancement Program (YAEP) Family Fishing Events Program
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation invite you to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing through the Family Fishing Events Program.
WOSRP Water Program
Moved to Habitat Division.
WOSRP Western Oregon Stream Restoration Program (WOSRP)
Moved to Habitat Division.

Research Information

Beaver Working Group

Corvallis Research Lab

Oregon Licensed Angler Survey 2006: This study was conducted to determine licensed anglers’ participation in fishing in Oregon, their motivations for fishing and constraints to fishing participation, and their opinions on various fishing regulations and fisheries management strategies. See reports below.

Rogue River Studies


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