600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
February 05, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360)902-2256
Dates set for state, federal salmon fishing season-setting processes
OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Pacific
Fishery Management Council have announced the schedules of public meetings that
will culminate with a Portland meeting in April at which 1998 salmon fishing seasons will
WDFW, treaty tribes, sport and recreational fishers and other interested persons
develop seasons in Puget Sound and other state waters through the North of Falcon
process. The PFMC sets salmon fishing seasons between three and 200 miles offshore
in the Pacific Ocean.
For Washington fishers, the season-setting process begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 in
the auditorium of Office Building 2, 1115 Washington St., Olympia. At the meeting,
WDFW fish managers will announce their preseason forecast of the size of the salmon
runs expected to return to Washington this year. The meeting is scheduled to end at 1
The PFMC will meet from Mar. 9 to 13 at the Clarion Hotel, 401 E. Millbrae Ave.
Millbrae, Calif. to begin setting ocean fishing regulations along the coast from California
Its decision-making meeting will take place at the Columbia River Doubletree
Hotel, 1401 N. Hayden Island Dr., Portland from April 6 to 10.
The first North of Falcon meeting will occur at the Sheraton Motel, 8235 NE
Airport Way, in Portland on March 18 and 19.
The second North of Falcon meeting is scheduled for April 1 and 2 at the Seattle
Airport Hilton, 17620 Pacific Highway S., Seattle.
In order to coordinate state, tribal and federal fishing seasons, state and tribal
managers will negotiate final salmon fishing seasons in Puget Sound and Washington
rivers at the PFMC meeting in Portland from April 6 to 10.
In addition, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to review
the status of the negotiations in public meetings scheduled for March 20 and 21 at the
Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, in Olympia and at the Doubletree
Hotel, 1255 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, on April 3 and 4.