2016-17 Salmon Seasons

Each year state, federal and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. 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.

2016 North of Falcon Public Meeting Schedule
This schedule is tentative – dates and locations could change. Additional meetings will be added when finalized.

February 24

Willapa Bay & Grays Harbor Forecast Meeting

  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main St., Montesano WA
  • WDFW presents Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor salmon abundance forecasts. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2016 are discussed.

March 1

2016 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 2016 are discussed.

March 8

Willapa Bay Advisory Meeting     

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.;  Raymond High School Library, 1016 Commercial St. Raymond. 
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery options for Willapa Bay.

March 9

Grays Harbor Advisory Meeting  

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; WDFW Region 6 Montesano Office, 48 Devonshire Rd, Montesano. 
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery options for Grays Harbor.

March 8-14

Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, Calif.
  • The PFMC adopts a range of ocean fishery options, including catch quotas for sport and commercial fisheries.

March 15

First North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9:30 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. [ See Map ]
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery proposals for Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

March 17

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Trinity Methodist Church, 100 South Black Ave., Sequim
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

Columbia River/Ocean Fisheries Discussion

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr., Vancouver, Wash.
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 21

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building,  1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 22

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Raymond Elks, 326 Third St., Raymond
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Willapa Bay. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2016 are discussed.

Mid-Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Walla Walla Community College’s Auditorium, 1470 Bridge St., Clarkston
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River sport fisheries.

March 23

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

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

March 24

Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main St., Montesano
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Grays Harbor. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2016 are discussed.

Mid-Columbia/Snake Rivers Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Chelan PUD, 327 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River sport fisheries.

March 26

Puget Sound Recreational 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 28

Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options

  • 7 p.m., Chateau Westport - Beach Room, 710 W. Hancock, 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.

March 30

North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Avenue W., 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 6

North of Falcon Meeting – Columbia River & Ocean discussion

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of Ocean and Columbia River fisheries proposals. With public participation, preferred seasons are developed for Ocean and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

April 8-14

Final Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • Hilton Vancouver, 301 W. 6th St., Vancouver, Wash.
  • 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

2015-2017 North of Falcon
Hatchery and Fishery Reform

News

Public meeting on salmon forecasts, season-setting process scheduled on March 1

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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