Regional wildlife officials are seeking public comment on the proposed salmon fishing season for both commercial and recreational fishermen.
The Pacific Fisheries Management Council laid out a detailed series of alternatives at a meeting Monday. Council members will hold a public hearing to collect comments in Eureka on March 26. They will meet in Portland, Ore., from April 6-11 to discuss and set the final rules.
Proposed season dates and conditions vary widely by location. Full details are available at the council website: www.pcouncil.org.
In general, recreational fishing south of Humboldt County will open April 6. The end date will vary by location. Between San Francisco and Point Arena, the season would end on Nov. 10, though one of the three alternatives under consideration by the council would close fishing between June 3 and 7. North of Point Arena, the council is considering end dates of Oct. 13, Oct. 27, or Nov. 10.
Commercial fishermen south of Point Arena would be allowed to fish between May 1 and Sept. 30, but with numerous closed days, depending on which plan the council adopts. The season between Point Arena and Horse Mountain in Humboldt County would start May 14, May 21, or May 24, depending on which plan the council chooses. It would run through Sept. 30 with numerous closed periods.
Members of the public wishing to comment on the plans may do so at the March 26 meeting or in writing by March 31. Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, Ore., 97220-1384.
You can reach Staff Writer Sean Scully at 521-5313 or email@example.com.