Annual Pre-Season Salmon Information Meeting Scheduled for March 2

The public is invited to the annual California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Salmon Information Meeting via webinar on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handouts and further instructions for attendance will be posted to the CDFW Ocean Salmon web page as the meeting date approaches.

The 2022 Salmon Information Meeting marks the beginning of a two-month public process used to develop annual sport and commercial ocean salmon fishing regulations. A panel of fishery managers, scientists, and industry representatives directly involved in the upcoming Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings in March and April will be on hand at the webinar. The panel will receive input on potential fishing seasons, review last year’s salmon fisheries and spawning escapement, and provide an outlook for the 2022 sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries.

The process of developing annual salmon fishing regulations 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 that will be considered at the upcoming March 8-14 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting. Final season regulations will be adopted at the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s April 6-13 meeting.

For further information, please contact CDFW Environmental Scientist Katherine Osborn by email or phone (707) 484-6901, or visit the CDFW Ocean Salmon web page.

post by Mary Patyten, CDFW Research Writer