Each year state, federal and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. This series of meetings – involving representatives from federal, state and tribal governments and recreational and commercial fishing industries – is known as the North of Falcon process.

2019 Public Meeting Schedule
Additional meetings will be added when finalized

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

February 26

2019 Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor Salmon Forecasts and Fishing Opportunities

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., Montesano.
  • WDFW presents salmon abundance forecasts for Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2019 are discussed.

February 27

2019 Salmon Forecasts and Fishing Opportunities

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Olympia.
  • WDFW presents Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River salmon abundance forecasts. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2019 are discussed.

March 7-12

Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • Hilton Vancouver, 301 W. 6th St., Vancouver, Wash.
  • The PFMC adopts a range of ocean fishery options, including catch quotas for sport and commercial fisheries – see agenda.

March 18

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Room 102A of Region 5 Headquarters, 5525 S. 11th St., Ridgefield.
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of Columbia River fisheries proposals. With public participation, preferred seasons are developed for the Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

March 19

First North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; DSHS - Office Building 2 Auditorium, 1115 Washington St SE, Olympia.
  • Parking is available in the visitor lot of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia (see map).
  • 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

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Trinity Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., Sequim.
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 25

Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options

  • 7 p.m.; Chateau Westport - Beach Room, 710 W. Hancock, Westport.
  • Public hearing, sponsored by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management options adopted by the council during its early March meeting.

March 26

Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., Montesano.
  • Public discussion for discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor and its associated watersheds.

March 27

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; WDFW Region 4 Headquarters, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek.
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Raymond Elks Club, 326 3rd St., Raymond
  • Public meeting for discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries in Willapa Bay and associated watersheds.

Columbia River Public Meeting

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Kennewick Irrigation District Auditorium, 2015 S. Ely Street, Kennewick.
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

April 2

Columbia River and Ocean Fisheries Discussion

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Room 102A, Region 5 Headquarters - 5525 S 11th St., Ridgefield
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of ocean and Columbia River fisheries proposals. With public participation, preferred seasons are developed for ocean and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

April 3

North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lynnwood Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood.
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of preliminary fishery proposals. With public participation, preferred options are developed for Puget Sound sport and commercial fisheries.

April 11-16

Final Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma, One DoubleTree Drive, Rohnert Park, Calif.
  • PFMC adopts final ocean fisheries regulations and state-tribal fishing plans are finalized for all inside area commercial and sport salmon fisheries.

 

 

 
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North of Falcon Background

North of Falcon FAQ
How salmon fishing seasons are set
How tribes and state co-manage salmon and steelhead

WDFW Commission Policies

DRAFT 2019-2023 North of Falcon Policy
Hatchery and Fishery Reform

Links

WDFW Commercial Fishing
Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor Season Setting
Selective Fishing Techniques
Pacific Fishery Management Council
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
California Dept. of Fish and Game
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