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January 15, 1999
Contact: Jeff Weathersby (360) 902-2256

Feb. 25 public meeting to discuss 1999 salmon runs

OLYMPIA—Projected 1999 Washington salmon fish runs that will be used to set this year's fisheries will be discussed at a public meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 25 in the lobby auditorium of the General Administration Building at 210 11th St. here, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

The public meeting kicks off the 1999 North of Falcon—Pacific Fishery Management Council salmon fishing season process that culminates April 9 in Sacramento, Calif.

At the Feb. 25 meeting, WDFW fish managers will discuss the status of Washington chinook, coho, pink, sockeye and chum runs that will help define fishing opportunities in the ocean, Puget Sound, the Columbia River and its tributaries as well coastal areas.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet May 8-12 at the Doubletree Hotel-Columbia River, 1401 N. Hayden Island Dr., in Portland to develop ocean fishing options for public review. The PFMC has jurisdiction over ocean salmon fisheries.

The first North of Falcon meeting at which the ocean fishing options, as well as opportunities for Puget Sound, Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, the Columbia River and other Washington waters, will be discussed is scheduled for March 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way in Portland.

The second North of Falcon meeting is set for March 31, April 1 and April 2 at Cavanaughs at Capitol Lake, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr., Olympia.

Final fishing season decisions for the ocean and Washington waters will be made during the week of April 5-9 at Red Lion Inn, 1401 Arden Way, in Sacramento, Calif.

All the meetings are open to the public.