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Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phone: 360-902-2267
Fax: 360-902-2448
commission@dfw.wa.gov

Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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February 4-5-6, 2010 Agenda| Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

Revised* AGENDA

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
February 4-5-6, 2010
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

*Revised 02/01/2010

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - COMMISSION WORK SESSION
Location: Natural Resources Building, 5th Floor, Room 537

2:00-4:00 PM

STRATEGIC PLANNING & BUDGET PREPARATION UPDATE - DISCUSSION:
s a follow-up to the January 7, 2010, work session, available Commissioners and Department staff will continue discussing the Department’s strategic planning and budget preparation processes (Joe Stohr and Dave Geiger).

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Location: 1st Floor, NRB Room 172

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
  2. Commissioners' Discussion
  3. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
  4. Legislative Session Update (Tom Davis)
  5. Budget & Operations 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. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on those issues not on this agenda for decision action.

  BREAK
 

3. PERSONALIZED LICENSE PLATE REVENUE, WILDLIFE FUND DEDICATED ACCOUNTS – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on the Personalized License Plates restricted account, including uses of the account, historical revenues and expenditures, fund projections, and the process for determining how funds are allocated. The presentation will also include a brief overview of the other restricted accounts within the Wildlife Account.

- Summary - PDF format (100 KB)

Staff Report:
Jeff Olsen, Assistant Director, Financial Services

4. FORAGE FISH COMMERCIAL TRIP LIMITS – RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments that would limit catch and disposition of anchovy on the Columbia River, Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor and ocean fisheries, while accommodating the needs of the baitfish fisheries. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its January 7-9, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

WAC 220-20-010 General provisions--Lawful and unlawful acts--Salmon, other fish and shellfish;
WAC 220-33-060 Herring and anchovy;
WAC 220-36-03001 Grays Harbor--Seasons and lawful gear--Forage fish;
WAC 220-40-030 Willapa Bay--Forage fish;
WAC 220-44-020 Ocean forage fish; and
WAC 220-69-240 Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers
- Summary - PDF format (1300 KB)

Staff Report:
Lorna Wargo, Coastal Marine Fish Biologist, Fish Program

5. OCEAN SHRIMP TRAWL REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 220-52-050 Ocean pink shrimp trawl fishery—Coastal waters, which would require Washington ocean shrimp trawl license holders to participate in the National Marine Fishery Service West Coast Observer Program. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its January 7-9, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (951 KB)

Staff Report:
Lorna Wargo, Coastal Marine Fish Biologist, Fish Program

12:00 P.M. LUNCH BREAK:
1:30 P.M.

6. 2010-2012 SPORTFISH RULE PROPOSALS – DECISION:
The Commission will consider final adoption of proposed 2010-2012 Sportfish Regulations Package, including permanent amendments to:

WAC 220-12-020, Shellfish—Classification;
WAC 220-12-090, Classification—Nonnative aquatic animal species;
WAC 220-55-220, Two pole endorsement;
WAC 220-55-230, Columbia River endorsement;
WAC 220-56-100, Definitions—Personal-use fishing;
WAC 220-56-115, Angling gear—Lawful and unlawful acts;
WAC 220-56-116, Statewide saltwater hook rules;
WAC 220-56-122, Statewide bait rules; WAC 220-56-123, Statewide freshwater hook rules;
WAC 220-56-124, Unlawful provisions—Hoodsport Hatchery;
WAC 220-56-128, Food fish fishing—Closed areas;
WAC 220-56-129, Unclassified freshwater invertebrates and fish;
WAC 220-56-130, Unclassified marine invertebrates and fish;
WAC 220-56-185, Marine area codes;
WAC 220-56-230, Bottomfish and halibut – Closed areas;
WAC 220-56-235, Possession limits—Bottomfish;
WAC 220-56-240, Daily limits forage fish and other food fish not otherwise provided for;
WAC 220-56-250, Lingcod—Areas and seasons;
WAC 220-56-265, Forage fish—Lawful gear;
WAC 220-56-282, Sturgeon—Areas, seasons, limits and unlawful acts;
WAC 220-56-310, Shellfish—Daily limits;
WAC 220-56-330, Crab—Areas and seasons;
WAC 220-56-350, Clams other than razor clams, mussels – Areas and seasons;
WAC 220-56-380, Oysters – Areas and seasons;
WAC 220-56-385, Oysters—Unlawful acts;
WAC 220-56-500, Game fish seasons;
WAC 232-12-064, Live wildlife; and
WAC 232-28-619, Washington food fish and game fish – Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules.
- 2010-2012 Sportfish rule Proposals - Decision - PDF format (23 MB)
- WAC Summary Table - PDF format (72 KB)

The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its December 4-5, 2009, meeting in Olympia.

Staff Report:
Craig Burley, Fish Division Manager, Fish Program

  BREAK
 

7. PROPOSED UPDATES TO COLUMBIA RIVER STURGEON MANAGEMENT POLICY C-3001 – DECISION:
The Commission will consider adoption of updates to Commission Policy C-3001, Columbia River Sturgeon Management. The Commission held a public hearing on the policy updates at its January 7-9, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (293 KB)

Staff Report:
Pat Frazier, Region 5 Fish Program Manager; and
Bill Tweit, Columbia River/Distant Waters Policy Lead, Intergovernmental Resource Management (IRM)

*ITEM 8 - MOVED TO SATURDAY.
*
8. PUGET SOUND CHINOOK SALMON HARVEST MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE – BRIEFING:

9. 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. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on those issues not on this agenda for decision action.

5:50 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

8:30 AM

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. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on those issues not on this agenda for decision action.

11. COLUMBIA RIVER COMMERCIAL SHAD FISHERY – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING & POSSIBLE DECISION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed rule amendments to WAC 220-33-030, Shad, which would make the existing Columbia River shad fishery a permanent season, eliminating the need for emergency regulations to be implemented every year. The Commission may consider adoption of permanent amendments at its March 12-13, 2010, meeting in Olympia, or decide to delegate rule making authority on this item to the Director.

- Summary - PDF format (200 KB)

Staff Report:
Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, IRM

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

12. COLUMBIA RIVER SPRING CHINOOK POLICY REVIEW & UPDATE:
Department staff will provide the Commission with information related to Policy C-3617, Mainstem Columbia River Spring Chinook Management and Allocation for Non-Indian Fisheries, 2009-2013 specific to the upcoming season. The Commission held a public hearing on the Policy at its January 7-9, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (689 KB)

Staff Report:
Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, IRM
Guy Norman, Region 5 Director

  BREAK
 

13. COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER CHINOOK POLICY – BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed updates to Commission Policy C-3618, Mainstem Columbia River Summer Chinook Allocation for Non-Indian Fisheries, 2009. The Commission will consider adoption of an updated policy at its March 12-13, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (186 KB)

Staff Report:
Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, IRM; and
Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

*ITEM 8 - MOVED FROM FRIDAY.
*8. PUGET SOUND CHINOOK SALMON HARVEST MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon Harvest Management Plan, including background, summary of content, NOAA’s authority, adaptive management provisions and consistency with other agreements.

- Summary - PDF format (141 KB)

Staff Report:
Pat Pattillo, Special Assistant to the Director, IRM

14. 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.

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

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

12:30 PM

ADJOURN

*Revised 02/01/2010.

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