Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say the 2022 Ocean Salmon Industry Group is scheduled to meet virtually on Feb. 28 to review the recently completed seasons and take a first look at the salmon forecasts for 2022.
The OSIG is then expected to develop a set of Oregon preferred recreational and commercial ocean salmon season concepts with public input to take through the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s regulation setting process. The decision to meet virtually was made because of the ongoing global spread of COVID-19.
The meeting to open to all commercial salmon troll harvesters, ocean sport fishing anglers, charter operators and anyone interested in being involved in development of the 2022 ocean salmon seasons, ODFW officials said. ODFW staff is to provide background materials and presentations and then work with attendees to develop preferred season alternatives to use as guidance moving through the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s season setting process.
The meeting is planned for 10 am to 3 pm Pacific time on Monday, Feb. 28, with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Links to the agenda and briefing materials for the meet are to be posted online at www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/salmon/ as they become available in January and February.
Details on the March and April meetings of the Pacific Fishery Management Council are available at https://www.pcouncil.org.