2021 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.

All public meetings are expected to be conducted virtually in 2021. Updated information and links for attending specific meetings will be available at the meeting dates linked below as materials are available. You can also view a playlist of completed meeting recordings.

  • January-February

    Salmon run forecasts

    WDFW and tribal governments develop forecasts of salmon runs. 

  • February

    Initial forecasts released

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

    Join a public meeting: 

    Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor Forecast Meeting
    6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25

    2021 Salmon Forecasts and Fishing Opportunities
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26

  • March

    Develop options for ocean fisheries

    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: 

    Tune into the March 2-5 and 8-11 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting

  • March through April

    Public comment

    WDFW receives public feedback on potential fishing seasons based on pre-season forecasts. Submit your comments on our Public Input webpage

    Join a public meeting: 

    Statewide proposals
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 16

    Columbia River proposals 
    For Columbia River waters from the mouth (Buoy 10) to Highway 395 in Pasco
    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 17 

    South Coast proposals 
    6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17

    Puget Sound recreational and Coastal freshwater proposals 
    6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 23

    South Coast proposals
    6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 24

    Puget Sound proposals
    6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 25

    Statewide proposals 
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 31

    North of Falcon plenary discussion
    3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 31

    Columbia River proposals
    For Columbia River waters from the mouth (Buoy 10) to Highway 395 in Pasco
    10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 1

    South Coast proposals
    6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 5
    6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6

    Willapa Bay proposals 
    6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 12 

    Grays Harbor proposals 
    7 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 12 

    Northeast McNary proposals
    For Columbia River waters and tributaries upstream from Highway 395 in Pasco
    View video presentation

  • 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

  • April

    Adopt final federal regulations

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

    Join a public meeting: 

    Tune into the April 6-9 and 12-15 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting or join 8 a.m. daily briefings via Zoom webinar

    Learn more about the tentatively adopted 2021-22 salmon seasons in our news release

  • 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 takes public comment on the proposed regulations package that comes from North of Falcon negotiations. 

    Join a public meeting

    WDFW will take public comment on the proposed rules package during a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. on June 22, 2021. Join via Zoom.

    Learn more at the news release.

  • June

    Regulations adopted

    WDFW Director adopts state fishing regulations. Join via Zoom

Ongoing co-management