Members of the public are invited to attend an upcoming annual Salmon Information Meeting. The meeting, hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. via webinar.
The meeting will feature the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries, in addition to a review of last year’s salmon fisheries and spawning escapement.
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on potential fishing seasons to a panel of California salmon scientists, managers and fishery representatives who will be directly involved in the upcoming Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meetings in March and April.
The 2021 Salmon Information Meeting marks the beginning of a two-month long public process used to develop annual sport and commercial ocean salmon fishing regulations. The process involves collaborative negotiations with west coast states, federal agencies, tribal comanagers, and stakeholders interested in salmon fishery management and conservation. Public input will help California representatives develop a range of recommended season alternatives during the March 2-5 and 8-11, 2021 PFMC meeting. The PFMC will finalize the recommended season dates at its April 6-9 and 12-15, 2021 meeting. For more information, contact Ian Pritchard at (707) 576-2891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salmon Information Meeting details and instructions for attendance are available on CDFW’s Ocean Salmon webpage, along with a calendar of events and other opportunities for public engagement in the 2021 preseason process. A summary of key information and meeting outcomes will be posted on the Marine Management News blogsite after the meeting.
The next day, on Friday, Feb. 26, state residents can view the Proposition 1 Grant Program Cutting the Green Tape Workshop, starting at 9 a.m.
CDFW will host this online stakeholder workshop to provide an overview of its planned Summer 2021 Proposition 1 Grant round focused on watersheds included in CDFW’s North Coast Salmon Project. This focused solicitation will also pilot a series of efforts under CDFW’s Cutting the Green Tape initiative to increase the pace and scale of restoration. No registration is required. For more information on accessing the workshop, visit wildlife.ca.gov/grants. Information about CDFW’s North Coast Salmon Project can be found at wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/fishes/coho-salmon/north-coast-salmon-project.
Hunters around the state can also now apply for a number of different Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Access Permits. Wild pig and turkey hunts are available through the SHARE program. A $12.14 non-refundable application fee is charged for each hunt choice. For more information, visit wildlife.ca.gov/hunting/share.