- Dr. David Haukos was selected as the Unit Leader.
- Dr. Martha Mather joined the Kansas Unit as Assistant Unit Leader-Fisheries.
- In May, Dr. Craig P. Paukert accepted the position of Unit Leader at the Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in Columbia.
- Philip Gipson left the Kansas Unit.
- In November, Dr. Craig P. Paukert joined the Kansas Unit as Assistant Leader-Fisheries.
- Dr. Guy accepted the position of Assistant Leader-Fisheries at the Montana Cooperative Fisheries Unit in Bozeman.
- The first PhD student graduated (P. Braaten)
- The first MS student graduated (William K. Smith)
- Dr. Christopher S. Guy and Dr. Jack F. Cully, Jr. were hired as Assistant Leader-Fisheries and Assistant Leader-Wildlife, respectively.
- Dr. Philip S. Gipson was selected as the Unit Leader in May.
- In May, Dr. Modde accepted a position with the Colorado River Fisheries Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Vernal, Utah.
- Dr. Michael R. Vaughan of the Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit was assigned to the Kansas Unit as Acting Unit Leader for a six-week period.
- The Kansas Unit opened in October at Manhattan. Dr. Timothy R. Modde was appointed as the first Unit Leader.
- Congress gave statutory recognition to the Cooperative Research Unit program by enactment of Public Law 86-686.