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Meetings Scheduled Regarding 2013 Salmon Season

February 11, 2013

Anglers, commercial fishers and anyone interested in Washington salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting March 1.

Starting the annual salmon season-setting process, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present initial forecasts of 2013 salmon returns.

The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., in Olympia.

Those attending will have an opportunity to talk to fishery managers about the pre-season forecasts and participate in work sessions focusing on possible salmon fisheries and conservation issues.

WDFW has also scheduled additional public meetings focusing on regional salmon issues through early April. Locally there are 2 meetings. March 14th there is a meeting scheduled at Montesano City Hall to discuss Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities. There will also be a public hearing in Westport for comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management options adopted by the council during its March meeting.

A meeting schedule and more information about the salmon season-setting process for Puget Sound, the Columbia River and the Washington coast is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/.

The North of Falcon process is held in conjunction with public meetings conducted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), responsible for establishing fishing seasons in ocean water three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

Final adoption of the 2013 salmon fisheries is scheduled for April 11 at the PFMC meeting in Portland.

March 14
Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion:

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main Street, Montesano.

Public discussion of Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 21
Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion:

6 p.m.-8 p.m., Trinity Methodist Church, 100 South Blake Ave., Sequim
Discussion of local salmon fisheries.

March 25
Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options:

7 p.m., Chateau Westport, 710 W. Hancock, 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 March meeting.

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