2023 North of Falcon public meeting schedule

Each year state, federal and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. This salmon season-setting process is known as North of Falcon, which refers to northern Oregon's Cape Falcon, the southern border of active management for Washington salmon stocks. Salmon migrate and are intercepted by fisheries from California up to Alaska. The North of Falcon process coincides with meetings of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the federal authority responsible for setting ocean salmon seasons 3 to 200 miles off the Pacific coast. North of Falcon also functions in tandem with the Pacific Salmon Commission's Pacific Salmon Treaty agreements, which guide the conservation and management of salmon fisheries for the U.S. and Canada.

Several advisory groups that provide input to WDFW on salmon management meet throughout the North of Falcon process.  More information on those groups – including meeting schedules and advisory group rosters – can be found on the advisory group homepage.

Dates for 2023 meeting are still being finalized; updated information and links for attending specific meetings will be available on this page as scheduling develops. 

North of Falcon timeline

2023
  • January-February

    Salmon run forecasts

    WDFW and tribal governments develop forecasts of salmon runs. 

  • March-April

    Co-manager negotiations

    WDFW and tribes hold government-to-government negotiations. To view a schedule of these government-to-government negotiations, visit our North of Falcon State-tribal meeting schedule webpage

  • March 1

    Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor forecast meeting

    Discussion of management objectives and forecasts for Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.

    6-8 p.m.

  • March 3

    Initial forecasts released

    WDFW and tribal governments release initial salmon forecasts for Columbia River, Puget Sound, and Washington Coast.

  • March 5-10

    Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting

    Based on annual abundance forecasts, WDFW works with state, tribal, and federal fisheries managers at Pacific Fishery Management Council to develop preliminary options for ocean fisheries. 

    Join a public meeting: 

    Visit the Pacific Fishery Management Council's website for information about virtual and in-person options to attend upcoming Council meetings. 

  • March 14

    Columbia River fisheries discussion No. 1

    Discussion of forecasts, management objectives, and potential fisheries for Columbia River.

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • March 15

    North of Falcon No. 1: Statewide proposals

    Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery proposals for sport and commercial fisheries in Puget Sound and coastal Washington, with limited discussion of the Columbia River and ocean fisheries.

  • March 21

    Willapa Bay fisheries discussion

    Discussion of forecasts, management objectives, and preliminary Willapa Bay fishing opportunities for 2023. 

    6 to 8 p.m.

  • March 21

    North Coast, Straits, and Hood Canal discussion

    Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities in the North Coast, Straits, and Hood Canal for 2023.

  • March 22

    Grays Harbor fisheries discussion

    Discussion of forecasts, management objectives, and preliminary Grays Harbor fishing opportunities for 2023. 

  • March 23

    Puget Sound and freshwater sport discussion

    Additional discussion of management objectives and preliminary Puget Sound sport fishing opportunities for 2023. 

  • March 29

    North of Falcon No. 2: Statewide fishery proposals

    WDFW fishery managers will present information and analysis of preliminary fishery proposals. With public participation, staff will discuss preferred options for Puget Sound sport and commercial fisheries.

  • March 29

    Upper Columbia and Snake River fisheries discussion

    Discussion with WDFW fishery managers on forecasts and potential seasons for the upper Columbia (upstream of McNary Dam) and Snake rivers. A video presentation will be posted prior to this meeting.

  • March 30

    Joint Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor fisheries discussion

    Additional discussion of management objectives and preliminary Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor fishing opportunities for 2023. 

    6 to 8 p.m.

  • April 2-7

    Adopt final federal regulations

    The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopts final recommended regulations for federal ocean fisheries. 

    Join a public meeting: 

    Visit the Pacific Fishery Management Council's website for more information on Council meetings. State fish managers also plan to hold 8:15 a.m. morning briefings via conference call.

  • April 12

    Joint Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor final fisheries package

    Post-North of Falcon review of the outcome of regulations and schedules for the 2023-24 fishing season.

    6 to 8 p.m.

  • April-May

    Draft regulations developed

    Draft regulations for state fisheries developed based on public input, co-manager negotiations, and PFMC final regulations. 

  • May - June

    Public comment

    WDFW will take public comments on the proposed regulations package resulting from North of Falcon negotiations.

  • June

    Regulations adopted

    WDFW Director adopts state fishing regulations. 

Ongoing co-management