Project

The Collaborative Research on Oregon Ocean Salmon project (ProjectCROOS) was approved in June 2006 by the Oregon Legislature Emergency Board. $585,000 was granted to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Program, who directed the funds to the Oregon Salmon Commission for ProjectCROOS, a unique industry-university research effort to identify salmon stocks in the ocean.

Project Croos is located at the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon Researchers at the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, working in cooperative partnerships with Oregon salmon fishers, will combine at-sea and laboratory research in developing refined spatial and temporal approaches for significantly reducing by-catch of weak salmon stocks and avoiding long term closures of the salmon fishery. Spatial and temporal harvest data (i.e., locations and times salmon samples are taken) will be combined with oceanographic information to let salmon researchers begin to understand the relationships between salmon locations, their movement in Oregon's Pacific waters, and physical and environmental factors such as ocean currents and locations.