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Public meetings help set upcoming salmon fishing seasons

The News Tribune Published: February 28th, 2008 01:00 AM | Updated: February 28th, 2008 08:07 AM

The public’s involvement in the process of setting salmon fishing seasons for the coming year will begin Tuesday. That’s when the state will release salmon run forecasts for the year.
Those run numbers will be used by state, tribal and federal fish managers to define coastal, Puget Sound and river fishing seasons and quotas.

People attending the meeting also will have the chance to ask fishery managers about the forecasts and participate in work sessions focusing on key salmon-management issues in the region.

Staff from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will present initial forecasts, which are compiled by state and tribal biologists, for each of the salmon species.

This meeting marks the start of the annual North of Falcon season-setting process. Throughout March and early April, state, tribal and federal fisheries managers will meet to establish fishing seasons.

The North of Falcon process, so-called because it pertains to waters north of Cape Falcon, Ore., is held in conjunction with public meetings conducted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, which establishes fishing seasons in ocean water three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast. Final adoption of the 2008 salmon fisheries is scheduled for April 11 at the council meeting in SeaTac.

Other key North of Falcon meetings, all open to the public, are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday: Grays Harbor fisheries discussion, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., Montesano.

March 6: Willapa Bay fisheries discussion, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Raymond Elks Lodge, 326 Third St., Raymond.

March 9-14: Pacific Fishery Management Council, Sacramento.

March 12: Puget Sound commercial fisheries discussion, 10 a.m.-noon, WDFW Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek.

March 12: Puget Sound recreational fisheries discussion, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., WDFW Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek.

March 17: Columbia River fisheries discussion, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver, Wash.

March 18: First North of Falcon meeting, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., General Administration Building Auditorium, Olympia.

March 28: Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay fisheries meeting, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave., Lacey.

March 31: Pacific Fishery Management Council public hearing, 7 p.m., Chateau Westport, 710 Hancock Street, Westport .

April 1: Second North of Falcon meeting, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood.

April 6-11: Final Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, Seattle Marriott Hotel, 3201 S. 176th St., SeaTac.

To attend

Tuesday’s salmon forecast meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the General Administration Building Auditorium, 11th Avenue and Columbia Street, on the Capitol campus in Olympia.

To learn more

More information about the North of Falcon process is available at wdfw.wa.gov/fish/northfalcon/index.htm, which will be updated periodically throughout the salmon season-setting process.
 

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Duroboat,
thanks for the schedule, and the info.
I have been wanting to send some letters or emails in favor of the selective fisheries in Puget Sound, but was thinking I would wait until just prior to the meeting, to perhaps give my communications the most 'punch'. Would it be worth putting together (another?) post describing how best to give input to any or all of these processes? I know that every now and then we see a post suggesting an email campaign for certain issues, and maybe this is already planned?

Also, is it too late to make pleas for specific user groups at, for example, the first Falcon meeting in Lynnwood? Where or when would a public testimony type input be best given?

thanks again. Hope I can help.
 

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These meetings can be brutal, mind-numbing experiences, but it's pretty-important for "Us" to get involved. The commercial-guys will be-there you can bet on it. "We" need to show our strength in #'s too. It's time to send the message that sportsfishing deserves the vote. Please attend at-least one of these meetings. We've all taken the day off of work at some point to GO fishing, now we need to take a day to FIGHT for our fishing.
 

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This is a CRYING SHAME guys. This should be THE TALK of the board right-now, but instead it's dying. We should be arranging car-pools and ride shares, potentially drafting speeches, and rallying around "Our" cause here. Why is it that everyone is quick to add their comment about the negative affects of commercial or tribal fishing, and the mis-management of our fisheries, but no one seems to want to get involved to help make a change. C'mon guys. The commercial and treaty representatives will be there, the Sporties are ALWAYS out-numbered. Let's make this the year to change the ratio. It doesn't send a very strong picture that we want to fight for our fish, if we're not there to do it. You don't need to attend all the meetings, but one or two would be great! If public speaking is not your "bag," that's fine. It's a strength in numbers game as-much as anthing. If you don't take the time, you can't B*#&H.
 
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