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Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board

The Oregon Hatchery Research Center (OHRC) Board was established in August 2013 in accordance with House Bill 3441. The Board consists of 15 members, including 12 voting members. The Board is charged with advising the OHRC Director on operational, budget and research priorities at the research center.

Board Members

Cam Perry, Chair
Fish Habitat Restoration Representative


Lindsay Ball. Co-Vice-Chair
Sport Angler Representative

Lindsay Ball received a Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Science from Oregon State University in 1975. Lindsay was with the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division from 1976-2000, as a Trooper (1976), Senior Trooper (1983), Sergeant (1985), Lieutenant (1989), and Captain (1993). In 2001 he became the Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. During his time as Director for ODFW he created the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, the first of its kind in the world, to develop science-based information for fish and habitat policy decisions and restoring programs. Lindsay moved on to be the Director of Oregon Department of Administrative Services from 2006-2008. Then, in 2008 Lindsay went to work for the Governor’s Office overseeing the Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network (OWIN). He retired from OWIN in 2010.


Scott Starkey, Co-Vice-Chair
Forest Products Industry Representative

Scott Starkey received a BS from Purdue University in Forest Management and Wildlife. Scott was a US Army officer in Vietnam. He has 40 years of Timberland Management experience, 27 years with Weyerhaeuser in Washington, Oregon and Borneo, Indonesia, and 13 years with Menasha/Campbell in Oregon. He is currently the Area manager of 120,000 acres Coos Bay, OR.


Brad Halverson
Wild Fish Advocacy Representative

BS Economics, University of Oregon; MBA, Portland State University
Co-Owner, retired, ORCA Sales & Marketing, a manufacturers’ representative agency
Lifetime Member, CCA
Lifetime Member, Association Northwest Steelheaders
Past Government Relations Committee, CCA
Past Hatchery Sub-committee, CCA
Past Co-Resource Director, Association Northwest Steelheaders
Current VP Conservation, Association Northwest Steelheaders
Married with two children and two grandchildren
Personal Thesis: To inform and enhance OHRC effectiveness by contributing to the knowledge base influencing its production of practical applications to provide reformed and innovative hatchery protocols to reach wild stock recovery goals while delivering sustainable economic and cultural benefits through salmon and steelhead harvest. We have the bandwidth to better meet both conservation and harvest goals, while protecting, sustaining, and enhancing the resource.


Kyle Smith
Wild Fish Advocacy Representative

Kyle Smith is the Communications and Development Director for the Calapooia Watershed Council in Brownsville, Oregon. In addition to communications and fundraising duties, Kyle also directs the Council’s youth watershed education program efforts where he teaches Linn County youth about the value and importance of local salmon, steelhead, and trout.  Kyle holds a BS in environmental science from Washington State University and a Master of Public Administration in environmental policy from Columbia University in New York City. After graduate school, Kyle worked as an environmental consultant in Portland before returning to school to complete a law degree at the University of Oregon. Kyle is a member of the Willamette Valley Development Officers, and serves as president of the Blueback Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Kyle is an avid steelheader, and enjoys backcountry skiing, upland bird hunting, and cycle touring when river levels are too high for fishing.


Jack Smith
Sport Angler Representative

Jack Smith is President of the North Coast Salmon and Steelhead Enhancement Fund, President of Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Oregon, Chair of the CCA Oregon Hatchery Sub-Committee and member of the North Coast Stratum stakeholder group of the Coastal Multi Species Plan. He is very interested in improving the efficacy of hatchery programs while minimizing any affects hatchery fish might have on wild stocks.


Les Perkins
Agriculture Industry Representative

Les Perkins is originally from Hood River, Oregon. He received a degree in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Les spent 11 years as a microbiologist in the fermentation industry, primarily focused on beer and wine making. After drinking for a living for more than a decade, Les turned his focus to fish screening in 2005. Les has been working for FCA (a Hood River based non-profit company) for 8 years helping to refine a fish screen design, install test sites, and bring the Farmers Screen technology to market. Les has also served as a Hood River County Commissioner for the past 13 years, focusing on natural resource issues. Les currently resides in Parkdale, OR with his wife and two children.


Steve Jacobs
Independent Scientific Community Representative


Stan van de Wetering
Oregon Indian Tribes Representative


Mark Newell
Oregon Salmon Commission


Gary Soderstrom
Columbia River Gillnet Salmon Fishery


Chuck Pavlik
Coastal Ports

Charles Pavlik is a 68 year old native Oregon resident. Some of his earliest memories are fishing with his father in the lakes and rivers throughout Oregon. He is president of the Central Coast Chapter of the C.C.A. (Coastal Conservation Association). He is a founding board member of the Alsea Sportsman Association, and a port Commissioner for the Port of Alsea. Charles believes it is very important to recognize the significance of the relationship between Pacific salmon and the economic well-being of the coastal ports of Oregon.


Craig Busack
Federal Government Agencies Representative

Craig currently works in Portland as the lead consultation biologist for the Columbia Basin in the Sustainable Fisheries Division Anadromous Production and Inland Fisheries Branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Regional Office. He holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis, and has over 30 years of professional experience in the population and quantitative genetics of aquatic organisms, as a researcher and agency scientist. He has authored or coauthored over 30 peer-reviewed papers. Although he has worked on several other species such as crayfish, crappie, largemouth bass, and mosquitofish, most of his experience is in working on issues dealing with risks and benefits (primarily genetic) of salmon and steelhead hatcheries.

 He has been in his present position four years. Before that he worked for 22 years in the Fish Program of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and its predecessor agency, the Washington Department of Fisheries, as a biologist, research scientist, unit leader, and eventually as chief fish scientist. During that entire time, most of his attention was focused on genetic risk issues associated with hatcheries.

Key work experiences during his time at WDFW include several years’ work on the monitoring team of the Yakima/Klickitat Fisheries Project, collaboration with the Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) in development of major concepts for management of genetic risk, and serving on the Willamette/Lower Columbia Technical Recovery Team, and on NMFS’s Recovery Implementation Science Team.


Carl B. Schreck
Oregon State University Representative

Dr. Carl Schreck graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966 with an A.B. in Zoology.  Following a year’s study at Humboldt State University he attended Colorado State University where he received his M.S. in 1969 in Fisheries Science and his Ph.D. in 1972 in Physiology and Biophysics and Fisheries Science.

After receipt of his Ph.D. he was an Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1975 he became the Assistant Leader of the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University. Two years later he became the Leader of that Unit and still serves in that capacity for the Biological Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey where he is a Senior Scientist. He is also a Full Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU. His research has focused primarily on salmonids. He applies environmental physiology and behavior to address environmentally relevant questions. Professional recognition includes:

Presidential Meritorious Professional Service Award, White House 2007/08
Meritorious Service Award, Secretary the Interior (2003)
Educator of the Year Award, American Fisheries Society (2000)
Excellence for Graduate Mentoring Award, Oregon State University (2013)
Award of Excellence, American Fisheries Society (2009)
Award of Excellence in Fish Physiology, American Fisheries society (2012)
Award of Excellence, Western Division American Fisheries Society (2007)
Fishery Worker of the Year, Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society (2004)
Distinguished Professor, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University (2010)
Twice Earle Price Award for Excellence in Research, Oregon State University (1991, 2013)
Howard Bern Lectureship, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (2010)
Directors Award for Research Excellence, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (1991)
Directors Award for Unit Management, U.S.G.S (2001)
Twice winner of the William F. Thompson Award, American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (1980 and 1989)
Others with students and colleagues.
Approximately 80 M.S. and Ph.D. theses supervised to date.
Appointed Senior Scientist (ST) by the U.S. Department of Interior

He served on the Governor’s Coastal Salmon Science Team to develop recovery plans for at risk salmon and trout for the federal listing process. He is now serving his third four year term as a member of the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team for the State of Oregon, being appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House and President of the Senate. He has been elected Co-Chair of the IMST for the last six years. The IMST serves to provide scientific oversight of issues related to salmonid recovery measures and restoration of watershed health.

He is in his third four-year term as President of the International Federation of Fish Endocrinologists. He has served on the editorial boards of The Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, Copeia, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, General and Comparative Endocrinology,and Aquaculture, and as Editor for “The Environment” for the journalDiseases of Aquatic Organisms. Dr. Schreck has also served as a Visiting Full Professor at the University of Jos, Nigeria.

Publications: Dr. Schreck has authored over 280 refereed scientific articles and books.


Bruce McIntosh
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Representative




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