Tuesday, 21 May 2024

CDFW to host virtual public meeting on ocean salmon fisheries

A scientist holding a chinook salmon. Photo courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold its annual Salmon Information Meeting via webinar on Wednesday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The public meeting will feature the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries, in addition to a review of last year’s salmon fisheries and spawning escapement.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on potential fishing seasons to a panel of fishery managers, scientists and industry representatives who will be directly involved in the upcoming Pacific Fishery Management Council, or PFMC, meetings in March and April.

The 2022 Salmon Information Meeting marks the beginning of a two-month long public process used to develop annual sport and commercial ocean salmon fishing regulations.

The process involves collaborative negotiations between West Coast states, federal agencies, tribal co-managers, and stakeholders interested in salmon fishery management and conservation.

Public input will help California representatives develop a range of recommended season alternatives at the March 8 to 14 PFMC meeting. Final season regulations will be adopted at the PFMC’s April 6-13 meeting.

Meeting details, handouts and instructions on how to join the webinar will be published on CDFW’s Ocean Salmon webpage in advance of the event.

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