Institute for Natural Resources (INR)

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.

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Oregon Explorer

As a collaboration between INR and OSU, Oregon Explorer uses the power of today’s cutting edge information technology to create a state-of-the-art natural resources digital library that integrates and provides access to data and scholarly information from state and federal agencies, local governments, university scientists and citizens to support informed decisions and actions by people concerned with natural resources, environment, and communities throughout Oregon.



Coastal Research Explorer Tool

The Coastal Research Explorer is an innovative platform for exploring the past, present, and future research taking place on the Oregon coast

The Oregon Coastal and Ocean Information Network is a professional network to connect scientists, managers, policy makers, and students involved in ocean and coastal affairs. Much like the coastal environment, the web of research, data, people, and topics can become increasingly complex. OCOIN’s goal is to make it easier for researchers, policy makers, and coastal users to find the information they are interested in, and to connect them to the contacts that may be able to help them!

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Oregon Explorer Coastal Research

With this coastal research site, the Oregon Coastal and Ocean Information Network (OCOIN) seeks to facilitate greater knowledge, information and data sharing by scientific professionals, policy makers, and other decision makers working within Oregon’s coastal communities and environment.


Oregon Aquaculture Explorer

The Oregon Aquaculture Explorer Platform is designed to assist investors, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders with investment decisions for new or expanded sustainable aquaculture ventures in Oregon.


Oregon Aquaculture Association

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.