North of Falcon

Folded into the Pacific Fishery Management Council's management process is a parallel public process referred to as North of Falcon. The North of Falcon process integrates management of ocean fisheries between Cape Falcon (on the north Oregon coast) and the Canadian border, including fisheries in the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and inland Washington coastal waters. Columbia River fisheries are a significant component of the North of Falcon process. Coordination and shaping of the ocean and freshwater fisheries occurs to assure that fish conservation objectives are met and there is reasonable sharing of the conservation burden between the fisheries and various user groups. In this public process, there are allocation agreements reached between Oregon and Washington ocean and freshwater commercial and sport fisheries, as well as mandated allocation agreements between the states and treaty Indian tribes. Learn more...