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Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phone: 360-902-2267
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Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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October 1-2, 2010 Agenda | Meeting Minutes| Audio Transcripts

Revised* AGENDA

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
October 1-2, 2010
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

*REVISED 9/22/10. Agenda is subject to change.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
    - Draft minutes - PDF format (182 KB)
  2. Commissioners' Discussion
  3. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
  4. Operations & 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 issues that are not on the agenda for decision action.

  BREAK
 

3. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO COMMISSION POLICY C-3609,  PUGET SOUND CRAB FISHERY – DECISION:
The Commission will consider adoption of proposed updates to its Policy C-3609, Puget Sound Crab Fishery, which was last updated in February 2000.  The Commission held a public hearing on proposed policy updates at its August 6-7, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (833 KB)

Staff Report:
Rich Childers, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager, Fish Program

 

12:25 P.M. LUNCH BREAK:
2:00 P.M.

4. 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, provide public recreational opportunity and address responsible property management. NOTE: the Commission may consider delaying this item until afternoon, to follow Item #8.

  • Proposed transfer of 72 acres, Rivers End Properties, Clallam County
  • Proposed donation of 5 acres, Bergman Property, Kitsap County
  • Proposed transfer of 21 acres, Cashmere Pond Property, Chelan County; and
  • Proposed exchange, Yakima River and Mesa Lake properties, Kittitas and Franklin Counties.
  • Proposed conservation easement acquisition on 584.5 acres, Walking D property, Okanogan County.
- Summary - PDF format (2.4 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

5. AGENCY SCIENCE OVERVIEW - BRIEFING::
At the request of the Commission, the Department’s chief scientists will brief the Commission on scientific research and monitoring activities within each of the three resource programs, including an overview of the process by which projects are selected, funded, reviewed, and/or published.

- Summary - PDF format (610 KB)

Staff Report:
John Pierce, Chief Scientist, Wildlife Program
Tim Quinn, Chief Scientist, Habitat Program
Ken Warheit, Chief Scientist, Fish Program

6. 2010 COLUMBIA RIVER SPRING CHINOOK FISHERY UPDATE - BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission and as stated in Policy C-3617, Department staff will brief the Commission on outcomes of the 2010 Columbia River spring Chinook fishery.

- Summary - PDF format (455 KB)

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

  BREAK
 

7. COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER CHINOOK FISHERY OVERVIEW – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on the Summer Chinook Summit and discuss potential ideas for updating Commission Policy C-3618.

- Summary - PDF format (208 KB)

Staff Report:
Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, Director’s Office; and
Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division Manager, Fish  Program

8. LAND ACQUISITION PROCESS OVERVIEW – BRIEFING:
As requested by the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on the process it follows for acquiring lands, including selection criteria, funding sources, development of partnerships and prioritization of purchases.

- Summary - PDF format (21 KB)

Staff Report:
Jennifer Quan, Lands Division Manager, Wildlife Program

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

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION - Moved to Saturday afternoon.

6:05 PM

RECESS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2010

8:00 AM EXECUTIVE SESSION
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i), the Commission will convene in executive session to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency litigation or potential litigation to which the agency is, or is likely to become, a party.  The public is not allowed to attend the executive session.
9:00 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 during this portion of the meeting. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on issues that are not on the agenda for decision action.

11.** SPORTFISHING REGULATION MINOR CHANGES – RULE Briefing & Public Hearing –
WAC 220-55-160, Free fishing weekend;
WAC 220-55-220, Two pole endorsement;
WAC 220-55-230, Columbia River endorsement;
WAC 220-56-240, Daily limits forage fish and other food fish not otherwise provided for;
WAC 220-56-270, Smelt - Areas and seasons; and
WAC 232-28-619, Washington food fish and game fish – Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules.
PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

** The Commission will consider postponing this item to its December 2-4, 2010, meeting in Olympia and extending the public comment deadline

11. PUGET SOUND CHINOOK HARVEST MANAGEMENT PLAN (PSCHMP) STATUS UPDATE – BRIEFING:
As a follow up to a previous briefing requested by the Commission, Department staff will provide updated information on the PSCHMP, including how it relates to Orca and Rockfish. recovery plans.

- Summary - PDF format (102 KB)

Pat Pattillo, Special Assistant to the Director

 

  BREAK
10:30 AM

12. PROPOSED RESTRICTIONS FOR LEAD FISHING TACKLE ON 13 LAKES WITH LOONS RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-619, Washington food fish and game fish – Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules, which would restrict the use of lead fishing gear on 13 specific lakes with nesting loons. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its December 2-4, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (840 KB)

Staff Report:
John Whalen, Region 1 Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

13. 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.

12:20 AM LUNCH BREAK
1:00 PM EXECUTIVE SESSION
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), the Commission will meet in executive session to review the performance of a public employee or employees. No action will be taken during the executive session. The public is not permitted to attend the executive session.
2:30 PM

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

15. SUMMARY OF COMMISSION REQUESTS:
The Commission will review and discuss the current list of Commission requests to the Department, and may consider approval of new requests.

- Summary - PDF format (87 KB)

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.

3:20 PM

ADJOURN

*REVISED 9/22/10. Agenda is subject to change.

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