ProjectCROOS

ProjectCROOS unites
state-of-the-art science and embattled salmon fishermen in a unique
project that aims to save salmon and the Oregonians who depend on them
for their livelihood. Geneticists can determine the routes salmon travel during their lives,
from river to ocean and back inland once again.
ProjectCROOS has set goals across a range of activities. These include:

Marketing

Certify wild-caught origin of fish.
Provide consumer with information on that specific fish, including its river of origin, where it was harvested, and when.
Use bar codes and digital traceability systems to track fish from harvest to dinner table.

Management of salmon stock
Provide real-time genetic analysis to allow for in-season assessment of harvest impacts.
Help fishermen avoid weak-stock Klamath runs.

Science

Use genetic analysis to identify the salmon's most-likely stock of origin.
Address temporal and spatial variations in stock composition.
Study the oceanic distribution of salmon and how it changes with varying oceanographic conditions.
Use otolith chemistry to assess if different stocks move about the ocean differently.
Collect scale samples to estimate ages of fish harvested.

Fishermen

Link fishing data to oceanographic conditions.
Provide fishermen with access to their individual data, helping them plan both fishing and marketing operations.