North of Falcon Schedule for 2012

February 28th, 2012

Even though the winter/spring fishery is only now just beginning, it is not too early to consider summer and fall fisheries. Summer and fall fisheries are managed in accordance with the guidance of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). The grassroots forum for managing the allocation of the resource is held during the the annual North of Falcon negotiations. North of Falcon can be messy and frustrating at times, but its importance for all components of Pacific Fisheries north of Cape Falcon on the Oregon coast cannot be overstated. Columbia River summer and fall fisheries are part of the PFMC-managed fisheries, and fall within the purview of the North of Falcon process.

Columbia River fisheries are just one component of the North of Falcon process and accompanying PFMC deliberations. The entire schedule can be accessed on the WDFW website at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/. The Columbia River fisheries schedule for North of Falcon follows:

February 28

2012 Salmon Forecasts and Fishing Opportunities:

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 172 of theNaturalResourcesBuilding,1111 Washington St. S.E.Olympia.
  • WDFW presents Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River salmon abundance forecasts. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2012 are discussed.

March 2-7

Pacific Fishery Management Council:

  • Doubletree Hotel,2001 Point West Way,Sacramento,Calif.
  • The PFMC adopts a range of ocean fishery options, including catch quotas for sport and commercial fisheries.

March 12

North of Falcon Meeting:

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 172 of theNaturalResourcesBuilding,1111 Washington St. S.E.Olympia.
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery proposals for Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

March 14

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion:

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way,Vancouver,Wash.
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 21

Pre-season Columbia Basin salmon forecasts and fishery outlook:

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m. ,Benton PUD,2721 W. 10th Ave.Kennewick.
  • Public discussion of potential recreational and commercial salmon fisheries statewide.

March 26

North of Falcon Meeting – Columbia River & Ocean discussion:

  • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Room 175 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.
  • 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 1-6

Final Pacific Fishery Management Council:

  • Seattle Sheraton, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle.
  • 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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