OLYMPIA — Planning for the summer ocean and fall Columbia River fisheries begins at 9 a.m. March 1 in room No. 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., in Olympia.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will present initial forecasts for Columbia River, Puget Sound and coastal stocks, then break into regional groups to discuss possible fishing seasons and conservation issues.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet March 6-11 in Tacoma to adopt a range of ocean fishing options.
Discussions specific to the Columbia River will begin at 9 a.m. March 12 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.
The PFMC will adopt the final ocean seasons and finalize in-river sport and commercial fishing plans when it meets April 6-11 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 N.E. Airport Way.