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

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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February 19, 2010 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

MEETING MINUTES

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION
MEETING via CONFERENCE CALL

February 19, 2010 - 8:30 a.m.
Olympia, Washington

ATTENDANCE:
Commission
Department
Miranda Wecker, Chair
Phil Anderson, Director
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair
Craig Burley
Conrad Mahnken
Patrick Frazier
Brad Smith
Chuck Perry
Commission Staff:
Rollie Schmitten
Susan Yeager
David Jennings
Ken Chew
George Orr

Chair Wecker called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.

A. COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA ITEMS -- DISCUSSION:

The Commission and Department staff discussed potential agenda topics for the March 12-13, 21010, Commission meeting in Olympia.

B. GENERAL DISCUSSION:

COLUMBIA RIVER COMPACT, STURGEON FISHERY

Patrick Frazier briefed the Commission on Columbia River sturgeon fishery regulations and presented staff’s proposal that the Commission delegate authority to the Director for the purpose of achieving regulations concurrently with Oregon.

Commissioner Smith moved, seconded by Commissioner Mahnken, to delegate authority to the Director for adoption of permanent regulations governing the sport sturgeon fishery in the Lower Columbia River, WAC 232-28-619.  The motion carried unanimously

 BOTTOMFISH LIMITS, MARINE AREA 4

Phil Anderson and Craid Burley briefed the Commission on developments since the recent adoption of amendments to bag limits for rockfish in Marine Area 4.  Following discussions with the Department’s Rockfish Advisory Group, staff developed a new recommendation that would modify the boundaries so the rule applies only to the eastern portion of the Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line. 

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten, that  the Commission reopen agenda Item #6 from the February 4-5-6, 2010, meeting in order to reconsider amendments to WAC 220-56-235, Possession Limits—Bottomfish.  The motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Douvia moved; seconded by Commissioner Schmitten to amend WAC 220-56-235, Possession limits – Bottomsfish, as proposed by staff [“(1)(b) Rockfish - 10 fish.  Release all canary and yelloweye rockfish.  In Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla Tatoosh line: 6 fish.  Only black or blue rockfish may be retained”].  The motion carried unanimously

Additional discussion topics included Commission committees, status of legislation and statewide hiring freeze. 

Chair Wecker adjourned the meeting at 10:11 a.m.