Washington fishermen will get the first forecast for salmon runs in 2013 during a public meeting in Olympia March 1. The meeting is the annual kickoff of the salmon fishing season-setting process, also known as the North of Falcon process.
Staffers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will present initial forecasts that have been compiled by state and tribal biologists.
The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m-3 p.m. in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia.
People attending the meeting will have an chance to talk to fishery managers about the pre-season forecasts and participate in work sessions focusing on possible salmon fisheries and conservation issues.
The department also also scheduled additional public meetings through early April that focus on regional salmon issues. This series of meetings involves representatives from federal, state and tribal governments and recreational and commercial fishing industries.
A complete meeting schedule and more information about the salmon season-setting process for Puget Sound, the Columbia River and the Washington coast is available on the department ’s website.
The North of Falcon process is held in conjunction with public meetings conducted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, responsible for setting fishing seasons in ocean water three-200 miles off the Pacific coast.
Final adoption of the 2013 salmon fisheries is scheduled for April 11 at the PFMC meeting in Portland.