WDFW seeks public input on North of Falcon Policy to guide salmon fishery planning process


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News release

Contact: Fish Program, 360-902-2700
Media contact: Mark Yuasa, 360-902-2262

Anglers trolling for blackmouth Chinook salmon in Marine Area 5 near Sekiu and Pillar Point.
Photo by Chase Gunnell

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is opening a public comment period on its updated draft of the North of Falcon Policy for the 2024-28 salmon fishery planning process.

The draft of the North of Falcon Policy directs the WDFW to manage salmon and steelhead fisheries using a science-based, transparent approach and consistent with all conservation and legal obligations.

“Public feedback on this updated policy is critical,” said Kyle Adicks, WDFW Intergovernmental Salmon Manager. “This policy will provide guidance to the Department on how to plan and implement fisheries around the state within the complex legal and conservation frameworks that overlay salmon management.”

The annual North of Falcon salmon season-setting process is where state, federal, and tribal fishery managers work together to plan Washington’s commercial and recreational fishing seasons with input from the public. Each year, WDFW hosts more than a dozen public meetings in winter and spring to gather initial input from anglers around the state.

The public is invited to comment on the draft policy by submitting written comments via email at northoffalconfwcpolicy2024-28@publicinput.com, or by phone (855-925-2801, press #6825). Comments will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2024. Public comments received will be summarized for the Commission as they consider adoption of an updated policy during their January meeting. A link to the full draft policy is available on WDFW’s website.

All members of the public are invited to share their diverse perspectives and participate in WDFW public feedback opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, language proficiency, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, or basis of disability.

WDFW works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

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