The Institute for Natural Resources (INR) was established in 2001 through the Oregon Legislature (ORS 352.808) to fulfill several legislative purposes that provide ready access to relevant science-based data, tools, and information for natural resource and environmental decision making. They work to advance centralized, science-based natural resource information for Oregon and the Pacific Northwest using data and information integration/anaylsis, science review/advisory servies, research/research coordination, and training/capacity building. The INR aims to provide reliable, objective, relevant, and science-based integrated natural resource knowledge (synthesis of expertise, research findings, data, tools and information) to facilitate long-term stewardship of Oregon’s environments and natural resources. Additionally, INR merged with the OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) to expand the focus on water-related issues.
The Oregon Aquaculture Association (OAA) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization aims to mobilize investment and diversify production to bring responsible aquaculture into the group of agricultural enterprises that makes meaningful economic contributions in the state of Oregon. The organization was established in September of 2004 by a small group of producers led by Clint Bentz and Blue Den Ranch. Those involved sold fish for pond stocking and U-Fish catch and release facilities. Prior to establishment of OAA, and continuing to the present, producers are acknowledged and certified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as fish propagators. All transport of fish in Oregon requires a transportation permit issued by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Regulations are in place to avoid introduction of invasive/exotic fish species and diseases within Oregon. Goals of the OAA include (but not limited to): providing a variety of high-quality products; enhancing the use of increasingly scarce land and water resources; creating new Oregonian markets for 21st-Century technologies such as alternative energy sources along with cutting-edge biological and Artificial Intelligence technologies; catalyzing new and innovative education pathways for the State’s youth, and linking synergistically with sister agricultural industries (e.g., horticulture and viticulture) to improve both profits and resource use; amongst other opportunities to advance, promote, expand and ensure the well-being of the aquaculture industry in Oregon.