For any fishers interested in Washington salmon, an informal discussion with state and tribal co-managers will be held this Wednesday the 31st. The discussion will cover the North of Falcon salmon season setting process and cooperative management for regional fishing.
At 9:00 am on Wednesday, a North of Falcon public meeting will occur to discuss initial fishery proposals. At 3:00 pm the general discussion will begin with opening remarks from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind and chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission Lorriane Loomis.
The North of Falcon is a collaborative state and tribal salmon season-setting process that refers to waters north of Oregon’s Cape Falcon. Cape Falcon marks the southern border of Washington’s management salmon stocks.
The North of Falcon process happens along with Pacific Fishery Management Council public meetings. Together, fishing seasons for salmon in oceans waters 3 to 200 miles off the Pacific coast are established. The PFMC has approved initial options for ocean fisheries during its March 2021 meeting. The expectation is to adopt final ocean fishing seasons and harvest levels at its April 6-9 and 12-15 meeting.
During the state’s season-setting process, the public is welcome to participate and provide their feedback. This can be done several different ways such as attendance at public meetings, online commenting, or conference calls and daily briefings.
More information regarding public meetings or daily briefings can be found by visiting WDFW’s North of Falcon public meeting schedule web page. Online comments can be provided on WDFW’s forecasts and proposed fisheries online or by mail to: WDFW Rules Coordinator: PO Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200.
Compiled by Gabby Sleeper