In 2010 the Council reviewed all Research, Monitoring and Evaluation projects, and requested that an Ocean Synthesis Report be developed by three ocean project sponsors. After ISRP review of this report the Council decided to re-focus the ocean research program and hosted an Ocean and Plume Workshop in 2013 to explore future opportunities for research. The workshop provided a forum for ocean researchers and in-river managers to identify critical uncertainties and potential management applications.

This forum continues to meet about annually to bring together ocean researchers and freshwater salmon managers to discuss Columbia River salmon and ocean ecology.