2015 NOF

2015 NOF

Hi all,

 

This year should be very interesting as initial indications are that things really went South last year with harvest in both GH & Willapa. So attend if you can as it is important that the Rec community stay with the harvest issues or we will get the proverbial "lump of coal"

 

Dave

State, federal and tribal fishery managers are currently planning the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. As part of the salmon-season setting process, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled several public meetings. 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.

The North of Falcon planning process coincides with the March and April meetings of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PMFC), where ocean commercial and sport salmon seasons are set.

2015 North of Falcon
Public Meeting Schedule

(This is a preliminary schedule – dates, times and meeting locations are subject to change. Additional meetings will be posted when meetings are confirmed.)

February 25

Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main Street, Montesano
  • WDFW presents salmon forecasts for Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2015 are discussed.

March 2

2015 Salmon Forecasts and Fishing Opportunities

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
  • WDFW presents Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River salmon abundance forecasts. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2015 are discussed.

March 5

Grays Harbor Advisory Group Meeting

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., location to be determined
  • Public discussion of Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 7-12

Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA
  • The PFMC adopts a range of ocean fishery options, including catch quotas for sport and commercial fisheries.

March 11

Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main Street, Montesano
  • Public discussion of Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

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March 16

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 10 a.m., Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 18

First North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Office Building 2 Auditorium, 1115 Washington Street SE, Olympia. Parking is available in the visitor lot of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE. [ See Map ]
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery proposals for Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

March 19

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Trinity Methodist Church, 100 South Black Ave., Sequim
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 23

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., WDFW Mill Creek Office, 15018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 24

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Walla Walla Community College's Main Lecture Hall, 1470 Bridge Street, Clarkston
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

Willapa Bay Advisory Group Meeting

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Raymond High School Library, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond
  • Public discussion of Willapa Bay salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 25

South Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave. Kennewick
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 26

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Discussion

  • 10 a.m.-noon, WDFW Mill Creek Office, 15018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main Street, Montesano
  • Public discussion of Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 30 

Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options

  • 6 p.m., Location to be determined, 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.

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Raymond High School, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond
  • Public discussion of Willapa Bay salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

April 1

North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Avenue West, 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 7 

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Raymond High School, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond
  • Public discussion of Willapa Bay salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

April 11-16

Final Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • Double Tree Hilton Sonoma, One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA
  • 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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