2022 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 2022. 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 from 2021.

North of Falcon timeline

2022
  • January-February

    Salmon run forecasts

    WDFW and tribal governments develop forecasts of salmon runs. 

  • Thursday, March 3

    Willapa Bay/Grays Harbor forecast meeting

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

    View a meeting recording

    Visit our calendar event listing for meeting materials and a meeting recording. 

  • Friday, March 4

    Initial forecasts released

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

    Meeting recording 

    Visit our calendar event listing to view a recording of our March 4 North of Falcon Kickoff Virtual Meeting. 

  • 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 8-14

    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 upcoming Council meetings. 

  • Tuesday, March 15

    Columbia River fisheries discussion No. 1

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

    10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    View a meeting recording:

    Visit our calendar event listing for video recordings, meeting materials and additional details.

  • Wednesday, March 16

    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.

    View a meeting recording:

    Visit our calendar event listing for video recordings, meeting materials and additional details. 

  • Monday, March 21

    Upper Columbia and Snake River fisheries presentation

    Video presentation from WDFW fishery managers on forecasts and potential seasons for the upper Columbia (upstream of McNary Dam) and Snake rivers. 

    Presentation recording

    View PowerPoint presentation

  • Monday, March 21

    Grays Harbor fisheries discussion

    Discussion of forecasts, management objectives, and preliminary Grays Harbor fishing opportunities for 2022. 

    View a meeting recording 

    Visit our calendar event listing for meeting materials and a meeting recording. 

  • Wednesday, March 23

    North Coast, Straits, and Hood Canal discussion

    Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities in the North Coast, Straits, and Hood Canal for 2022. Note: Commonly referred to as the Sequim meeting, this meeting previously occurred in-person in Sequim. It will happen virtually in 2022. 

    View a meeting recording

    Visit our calendar event listing for meeting materials and a meeting recording. 

  • Thursday, March 24

    Willapa Bay fisheries discussion

    Discussion of forecasts, management objectives, and preliminary Willapa Bay fishing opportunities for 2022. 

    View a meeting recording

    Visit our calendar event listing for a meeting recording and additional details. 

  • Monday, March 28

    Puget Sound and freshwater sport discussion

    Additional discussion of management objectives and preliminary Puget Sound sport fishing opportunities for 2022. 

    View a meeting recording

    Visit our calendar event listing for a meeting recording and additional details. 

  • Wednesday, March 30

    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.

    View a meeting recording

    Visit our calendar event listing for a meeting recording and meeting materials. 

  • Friday, April 1

    Columbia River fisheries discussion No. 2

    Information and analysis of  Columbia River fisheries proposals. With public participation, WDFW staff will discuss preferred seasons for Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

    View a meeting recording:

    Visit our calendar event listing to see meeting recordings and additional information. 

  • Tuesday, April 5

    Willapa Bay fisheries discussion

    Additional discussion of forecasts, management objectives, and preliminary Willapa Bay fishing opportunities for 2022. 

    View a meeting recording:

    Visit our calendar event listing for a recording of the meeting and meeting materials.

  • Wednesday, April 6

    Grays Harbor fisheries discussion

    Additional discussion of management objectives and preliminary Grays Harbor fishing opportunities for 2022. 

    View a meeting recording:

    Visit our calendar event listing for a recording of the meeting and additional details. 

  • April 7-13

    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 from April 8 through April 13 via conference call. Visit our event calendar for more information and meeting recordings as they become available. 

  • Tuesday, April 19

    Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay fisheries discussion

    Post NOF review of the outcome of regulations and schedules for the 2022-23 fishing season. 

    View meeting recording

    Visit our calendar event listing for meeting materials and a meeting recording. 

  • 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. Details will be available shortly. 

  • June

    Regulations adopted

    WDFW Director adopts state fishing regulations. Meeting date and details will be available shortly. 

Ongoing co-management