State, federal and tribal fishery managers are currently planning the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. As part of the salmon-season setting process, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled several public meetings. This series of meetings – involving representatives from federal, state and tribal governments and recreational and commercial fishing industries – is known as the North of Falcon process.

The North of Falcon planning process coincides with the March and April meetings of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PMFC), where ocean commercial and sport salmon seasons are set.

2015 North of Falcon
Public Meeting Schedule

(This is a preliminary schedule – dates, times and meeting locations are subject to change. Additional meetings will be posted when meetings are confirmed.)

March 2

2015 Salmon Forecasts and Fishing Opportunities

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
  • WDFW presents Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River salmon abundance forecasts. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2015 are discussed.

March 7-12

Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA
  • The PFMC adopts a range of ocean fishery options, including catch quotas for sport and commercial fisheries.

March 16

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 10 a.m., Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 18

First North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Office Building 2 Auditorium, 1115 Washington Street SE, Olympia. Parking is available in the visitor lot of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE.
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery proposals for Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

March 19

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Trinity Methodist Church, 100 South Black Ave., Sequim
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 23

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., WDFW Mill Creek Office, 15018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 24

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Walla Walla Community College's Main Lecture Hall, 1470 Bridge Street, Clarkston
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 25

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave. Kennewick
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 26

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Discussion

  • 10 a.m.-noon, WDFW Mill Creek Office, 15018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 30 

Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options

  • 6 p.m., Location to be determined, Westport
  • Public hearing, sponsored by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management options adopted by the council during its early March meeting.

April 1

North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of preliminary fishery proposals. With public participation, preferred options are developed for Puget Sound sport and commercial fisheries.

April 11-16

Final Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • Double Tree Hilton Sonoma, One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA
  • PFMC adopts final ocean fisheries regulations and state-tribal fishing plans are finalized for all inside area commercial and sport salmon fisheries.

 

 
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North of Falcon Background

Public Meeting Schedule
North of Falcon FAQ
How salmon fishing seasons are set
How tribes and state co-manage salmon and steelhead

WDFW Commission Policies

Draft 2015-2017 North of Falcon
Hatchery and Fishery Reform

Links

WDFW Commercial Fishing
Selective Fishing Techniques
Pacific Fishery Management Council
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
California Dept. of Fish and Game
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