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Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair

 

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December 4-5, 2009 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

REVISED* AGENDA

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
December 4-5, 2009
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

*Items 9 and 14 updated 12/03/09

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  • Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Commissioners' Discussion
  • Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
  • Operations and Budget Update (Joe Stohr)

2. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on those issues not on this agenda for action.

3. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTIONS – DECISION:
The Commission will consider approval of various land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat and to provide public recreational opportunity:

• Proposed acquisition of 10 acres in Skagit County;
• Proposed acquisition of 181.5 acres in Yakima County; and
• Proposed acquisition of 3.8 acres in Yakima County.
- Summary - PDF format (1.1 MB)

Staff Report:
Dan Budd, Real Estate Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
  BREAK
 

4. JOHNSON/DEBAY’S SLOUGH GAME RESERVE BOUNDARY – RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-16-800, Johnson/Debay’s Slough Game Reserve. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposal during its September 10-11, 2009, and November 6-7, 2009, meetings. Action on this item was continued from the November 6-7, 2009, Commission meeting to this meeting, in order to allow more time to resolve property boundary issues.

- Summary - PDF format (621 KB)

Staff Report:
Steve Pozzanghera, Deputy Assistant Director, Wildlife Program

5. BIG GAME AND WILD TURKEY AUCTION, RAFFLE AND SPECIAL INCENTIVE PERMITS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to big game and wild turkey auction, raffle and special incentive permits regulations that would help generate revenue for the management of big game animals.

NEW SECTION: WAC 232-28-283, Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle and special incentive permits; and

REPEALER: WAC 232-28-282, Big game and wild turkey auction, raffle and special incentive permits.

- Summary - PDF format (1.3 MB)

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
12:05 A.M. LUNCH BREAK:
1:30 P.M.

6. WHITE-TAILED DEER MANAGEMENT PLAN STATUS – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on the status of developing a management plan for white-tailed deer.

- Summary - PDF format (122 KB)

Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

7. AMERICAN LAKE: A SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on coordinated efforts to clean up a Department-managed access site and boat launch at American Lake in Pierce County.

Staff Report:
Steve Crown, Lieutenant, Enforcement Program; and
Steve Sherlock, Statewide Access Coordinator, Wildlife Program

  BREAK
 

8. MINERAL PROSPECTING REGULATIONS UPDATE – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will provide a status report on the implementation of WAC rules governing small scale mineral prospecting.

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)

Staff Report:
Pat Chapman, Regulatory Services Coordinator, Habitat Program

9. COMMISSION’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES – BRIEFING & POSSIBLE ACTION:*
Department staff -- along with Bill Vincent, Advisory Committee Chair -- will brief the Commission on the history and current activities of the Commission’s Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities (established per RCW 77.04.150).
The Commission may consider appointing members to fill two vacancies on the Committee.*

- Summary - PDF format (55 KB)

Staff Report:
Brenda Kane, Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Program Manager, Human Resources

10. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on those issues not on this agenda for action.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i), the Commission will meet with legal counsel representing the agency to discuss litigation or potential litigation to which the agency is likely to become a party. The public is not permitted to attend executive session. No decisions will be made during executive session.

5:40 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2009

8:30 AM

11. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. (NOTE: The public is encouraged to comment on those issues not on this agenda for action.)

12. MARINE PROTECTED AREAS WORK GROUP - BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on activities of the Marine Protected Area Work Group, which was created by 2008 legislation, is chaired by the Department and includes representatives from various other state natural resource agencies.

- Summary - PDF format (319 KB)

Staff Report:
Brie VanCleve, MPA Coordinator, Intergovernmental Resource Management (IRM)

13. ALBACORE TUNA RECREATIONAL FISHERY - BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on current recreational bag limits for albacore tuna, the process for developing bag limit regulations for the 2011-13 seasons through the Pacific Fishery Management Council and request Commission guidance on next steps.

- Summary - PDF format (278 KB)

Staff Report:
Michele Culver, Region 6 Director

14. SARDINE FISHERY REGULATIONS – BRIEFING & POSSIBLE ACTION:*
Department staff will brief the Commission on commercial sardine fishery management and proposed regulations resulting from legislation passed in 2009. The Commission may consider delegating authority to the Director to adopt regulations governing the coastal sardine purse seine fishery, consistent with federal rules and state legislation.*

- Summary - PDF format (770 KB)

Staff Report:
Michele Culver, Region 6 Director

  BREAK
 

15. PUGET SOUND GROUNDFISH MANAGEMENT PLAN – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on the status of the Department’s Groundfish Management Plan.

Staff Report:
Greg Bargmann, Marine Ecosystem Manager, Fish Program; and
Wayne Palsson, Research Scientist, Fish Program

  LUNCH BREAK
12:00 P.M.

16. 2010-2012 SPORTFISH RULE PROPOSALS – PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will summarize the proposed regulations for the 2010-2012 recreational fishing seasons, followed by the public hearing opportunity. The Commission received a briefing on the proposals during its November 6-7, 2009, meeting in Olympia and will consider adopting permanent amendments at its February 5-6, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- 2010-2012 sportfishing rule proposals, plus testimony, 12/16/09 - PDF format (8 MB)

Staff Report:
Craig Burley, Division Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
  BREAK
 

17. COLUMBIA RIVER SPRING CHINOOK FISHERIES OVERVIEW – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on the history and current status of the Columbia River spring Chinook fisheries.

- Summary - PDF format (1.7 MB)

Staff Report:
Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, IRM; and
Guy Norman, Region 5 Director, Director’s Office

18. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. (NOTE: The public is encouraged to comment on those issues not on this agenda for action.)

19. COMMISSION COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Commissioners will discuss activities of the various Commission committees.

20. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBRIEF:
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.

5:00 PM

ADJOURN

*Items 9 and 14 updated 12/03/09

Directions and Access to the Natural Resources Building: From I-5, take State Capitol exit (105). The exit puts you on 14th Avenue. Go through the tunnel and turn right onto Capitol Way. Turn right onto 11th Avenue. Turn right onto Washington. Turn left into the parking lot. Visitor parking is on the P-1 level of the building.

Public access to the Natural Resources Building after 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday will be available only through the rotunda doors located on the west end of the building.

Contact the Fish and Wildlife Commission Office for further information:
Phone (360) 902-2267
Email: commission@dfw.wa.gov