CDFW will host public meeting on ocean salmon fisheries

Written By: Dan Bacher, February 18, 2014

CDFW will host public meeting on ocean salmon fisheries

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold its annual ocean salmon information meeting on Wednesday, February 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd. in Santa Rosa. The event always attracts a large crowd of recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, representatives of fishery conservation organizations and others interested about the upcoming season and last year's spawning escapement.  A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented, in addition to the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries.

"The public is encouraged to provide input on potential fishing seasons to a panel of California salmon scientists, managers and representatives who will be directly involved in the upcoming Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meetings in March and April," according to Erick Anderson, CDFW Marine Region.

Salmon fishing seasons are developed through a collaborative process involving the PFMC, the California Fish and Game Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Public input will help California representatives negotiate a broad range of season alternatives during the PFMC March 8-13 meeting in Sacramento, California.

The 2014 ocean salmon information meeting marks the beginning of a two-month long public process used to establish annual sport and commercial ocean salmon seasons. A list of additional meetings and other opportunities for public comment is available on the ocean salmon webpage athttp://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/salmonpreseason.asp.

The meeting agenda is as follows:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Welcome - Moderator Brett Kormos, CDFW

Opening Comments and Review Agenda (9:00 AM)

2013 California Ocean Salmon Sport and Commercial Jennifer Simon, CDFW

Fisheries Overview (9:15 a.m.)

2013 Central Valley Chinook Spawner Escapement Alex Letvin, CDFW

(9:35 a.m.)

2013 Central Valley Chinook River Sport Fisheries Mike Brown, CDFW

(9:55 a.m.)

BREAK (15 minutes) (10:10 a.m.)

2013 Klamath Basin Chinook Spawner Escapement, Wade Sinnen, CDFW

Harvest and Age Composition (10:25 a.m.)

NMFS 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Guidance Heidi Taylor, NMFS

(10:45 a.m.)

Abundance Forecasts and Harvest Model Results Dr. Michael O’Farrell, NMFS

(11:15 a.m.)

LUNCH BREAK (1 hour) (11:50 a.m.)

Welcome Back / Introduction of CA Panel Brett Kormos, CDFW

(12:50 p.m.)

Public Comment to California Salmon Management Panel (1:00 p.m.)

Panel members:

Ms. Marci Yaremko, CDFW Marine Region, PFMC-CDFW Designee

Mr. Dan Wolford, CA PFMC member

Mr. David Crabbe, CA PFMC member

Mr. Mark Helvey, NMFS WCR, PFMC-NMFS Designee

Mr. Dave Bitts, PFMC-SAS, CA Troll

Mr. Marc Gorelnik, PFMC-SAS, CA Sport Fisheries

Mr. Craig Stone, PFMC-SAS, CA Charter Boat

Mr. Dave Hillemeier, PFMC-SAS, CA Tribes

Mr. Jim Hie, PFMC-SAS, Conservation

Dr. Michael O’Farrell, NMFS SWFSC, PFMC-STT, Vice-Chair

Ms. Melodie Palmer-Zwahlen, CDFW, PFMC-STT

Closing Comments and Evaluation Form Brett Kormos, CDFW

(2:45 p.m.)

Acronyms:

CDFW: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

NMFS: National Marine Fisheries Service

PFMC: Pacific Fishery Management Council

SAS: PFMC Salmon Advisory Subpanel

STT: PFMC Salmon Technical Team

SWFSC: NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA

WCR: NMFS West Coast Region

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