ODFW to Look Back at 2022, Forward to 2023 Salmon Season

Image: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The 2023 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting is scheduled to take place Feb. 27 in Newport, Ore., both in person and virtually, to review the 2022 seasons and take a look at 2023 salmon forecasts.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials said this meeting is also to begin development of Oregon preferred recreational and commercial ocean salmon season concepts via public input to take through the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) regulation-setting process.

The meeting is open to commercial salmon troll fishers, ocean sport fishing anglers and charter operators, as well as others interested in participating in development of the 2023 ocean salmon seasons. ODFW staff are expected to provide background materials and presentations, then work with attendees to develop preferred season alternatives to use as guidance during the PFMC’s season-setting process.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 27, in the auditorium of the Oregon State University Gladys Valley Studies Building on the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The schedule includes a lunch break between about noon and 1:30 p.m.

ODFW officials are recommending that online participants test their system prior to the meeting to deal with any technical problems. There is also to be a phone-in option.

Links to the agenda and briefing materials for the meeting are set to be posted at the ODFW Ocean Salmon website, https://tinyurl.com/2f53dm2m, as they become available in January and February. For details on the March and April meetings, visit the PFMC website at https://www.pcouncil.org/.