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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Expanding marine sport salmon fisheries still on the table for the 2012-13 seasons

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The first test computer model that determines salmon fishing seasons in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca showed it might be possible to expand some fisheries without impacting wild salmon stocks of concern.

With that said it is a long way before anything can be nailed down as a “sure thing” says those who are involved in the process with state Fish and Wildlife and co-managers.

That came to light after a conference call on Friday between sport fishing advisors and state fish managers.

The computer models ran by state Fish and Wildlife look good and came under the total allowable threshold.

They included some newly proposed fisheries that were discussed at the salmon forecast meeting two weeks ago such as expanding the northern Puget Sound selective hatchery chinook fishery opening date from July 13 to July 1, and turning some Puget Sound areas and the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca to hatchery-marked chinook fisheries.

The model and other related issues will come to light at the next North of Falcon salmon fisheries meeting 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, March 12 at the state Fish and Wildlife Offices in Olympia at the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Room 172.

Other upcoming salmon planning meetings

Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Coastal Regional Public Meeting Willapa Bay fishery discussion at the Raymond Elks Lodge – 326 3rd St. in Raymond.

Wednesday, March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Columbia River Public Meeting commercial & sport fishery discussions in Vancouver, Washington, Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver.

Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Puget Sound salmon fisheries discussion at City Hall Council Chamber, 321 E. 5th Street in Port Angeles.

Tuesday, March 20, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Coastal Regional Public Meeting Grays Harbor fisheries discussion at Grays Harbor Montesano City Hall, 112 North Main Street in Montesano.

Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Pre-season Columbia Basin salmon forecasts and fishery outlook, Benton PUD, 2721 West 10th Avenue in Kennewick.

Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-Noon, Puget Sound Recreational salmon fisheries discussion at state Fish and Wildlife Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd. in Mill Creek.

Monday, March 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North of Falcon Meeting for Columbia River and Ocean discussions at WDFW Offices in Olympia at the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Room 172.

Monday, March 26, 7 p.m., Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options, at the Chateau Westport, 710 West Hancock in Westport.

Wednesday, March 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., North of Falcon Meeting for Puget Sound discussion on inside salmon seasons and regulations at Lynnwood Embassy Suites, 20610 44th Ave. West in Lynnwood.

Friday, March 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Coastal Regional Final public discussion of Willapa Bay & Grays Harbor salmon seasons at WDFW Offices in Olympia at Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Room 172.

Sunday to Friday, April 1-6, all-day, Pacific Fishery Management Council all ocean and inside salmon fisheries finalized at Seattle Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave. in Seattle.

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