For 25 years, the Council has supported a diverse range of research to pursue the biological objectives of the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Research is necessary to provide scientifically credible answers to questions addressing uncertainties pertinent to management.
The term “research” is defined broadly to include parameter estimation, pattern recognition, observation, categorization, data collection to quantify important relationships and processes, tests of hypotheses, and improvements in statistical methods.
Research projects implemented under the program and others in the Columbia River Basin have advanced scientific understanding of fish and wildlife and their restoration. Despite this concerted effort, critical uncertainties remain and research lacks focus. Consequently, the Council requested development of a Columbia River Basin Research Plan in the 2000 Program to guide the development of its research program and to foster collaboration with the research programs of the other resource management entities within the region.