February 21, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
1997 salmon season-setting process begins Feb. 27 in Olympia
OLYMPIA -- The 1997 salmon fishing season-setting process will begin at 9
a.m. Feb. 27 when the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide to the
public details of salmon run forecasts developed by the department, tribes, the federal
government and fishing interests.
The forecasts will be used through the North of Falcon process that culminates
during the week of April 7-11 in Millbrae, Calif. when the Pacific Fishery Management
The Feb. 27 meeting to provide the public with information about projected run
sizes will be held at the General Administration Building's auditorium in Olympia. The
building is located on the capitol campus.
Other public meetings to develop the fishing seasons are:
- PFMC (March 3-7) -- Ocean fishing options will be developed. The meeting
will take place at the Red Lion's Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, Ore.
- North of Falcon No. 1 (March 12-13) -- Ocean options will be coordinated with
possible fisheries in inside waters such as Puget Sound, Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay
and the Columbia River. The meeting will take place at the Red Lion Inn at the Quay,
100 Columbia St., Vancouver, Wash.
- North of Falcon No. 2 (March 26-27) -- Continued discussions coordinating
ocean fishing options with possible inside fisheries. The meeting will take place at the
LaQuinta Inn, 1425 East 27th St., Tacoma.
Anyone wishing to attend and participate in the North of Falcon and PFMC
meetings is welcome.
- PFMC (April 7-11) -- Final ocean and inland fishing regulations will be adopted.
The meeting will take place at the Clarion Hotel, 401 East Millbrae Ave., Millbrae, Calif.
The federal government, through the PFMC, has jurisdiction over fisheries
between three and 200 miles off the coast. The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife has jurisdiction over non-Indian fisheries in inland waters.