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Tag: Puget Sound salmon seasons


North of Falcon process begins with salmon forecast meeting Feb. 28

A series of meetings to discuss salmon runs and fishing seasons will begin Feb. 28 with the release of salmon forecasts for the state.

The meetings, part of the North of Falcon process, will conclude April 1-6 when the Pacific Fishery Management Council meets in Seattle to adopts ocean fisheries regulations and state-tribal fishing plans.

At the Feb. 28 meeting, staffers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will release Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River salmon forecasts. They also will discuss fishery management objectives and 2012 recreational fishing opportunities.

That meeting will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in

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Puget Sound salmon seasons to be similar to 2010; ocean chinook quota down

Here is the story I just filed for tomorrow’s paper.

This year’s South Sound recreational salmon fishing seasons will be nearly identical to last year. That is the assessment of fish managers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife after they and tribal co-managers Wednesday agreed on fishing seasons for 2011.

The seasons were finalized during the meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council in San Mateo, Calif. The agreement sets dates and regulations for salmon fishing in Puget Sound, the ocean off Washington’s coast and the Columbia River.

“The seasons throughout Puget Sound pretty much replicate last year’s

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