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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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December 2-3-4, 2010 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

AGENDA

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
December 2-3-4, 2010
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 175 & 172
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

Times are approximate and subject to change.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2
Location: NRB Room 175A/B

2:00 PM

1. RECREATIONAL FISHERY, ALBACORE TUNA – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on results of the Pacific Fishery Management Council's decision relative to a recreational bag limit for albacore tuna.

- Summary - PDF format (57 KB)

Staff Report:
Michele Culver, Region 6 Director

2. OVERVIEW OF STATE HATCHERY SYSTEM, HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND LEGAL FOUNDATION –BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on the history of fish hatcheries in Washington State, including co-management agreements and federal requirements for mitigation due to habitat loss or damage. 

- Summary - PDF format (229 KB)

Staff Report: 
Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division Manager, Fish Program

 
BREAK
 
3. COLUMBIA RIVER ALTERNATIVE FISHING GEAR PROJECT – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on a process initiated in the fall of 2009 to investigate a variety of alternative commercial fishing gears and potential methods to maximize catch of hatchery-origin fish with minimum mortality to native salmon and steelhead on the Columbia River. This item was postponed from the August 5, 2010, Commission special meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (251 KB)

Staff Report: 
Patrick Frazier, Region 5 Fish Program Manager; and
Sara Laborde, Special Assistant to the Director

4. HYDRAULIC PERMIT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM PILOT – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on results of a collaborative project with seven tribes to test a new online tool designed to improve access to information about Hydraulic Project Approval projects. 

Staff Report:  
Jeff Davis, Protection Division Manager, Habitat Program

4:45 P.M.

RECESS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
Location: NRB Room 172

8:30 AM

5. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
  2. Commissioners' Discussion
  3. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
  4. Budget & Operations Update (Joe Stohr)

6. 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
 

7. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTIONS – DECISION:
The Commission will consider approval of land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, provide public recreational opportunity and address responsible property management.

Acquisition of a 18.55-acre property in Okanogan County; and
Acquisition of a 9.98-acre property in Okanogan County.

- Summary - PDF format (773 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

8. COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER CHINOOK FISHERY POLICY – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on outcomes from the Summer Chinook Summit and present potential updates for Commission Policy C-3618. A public hearing on proposed policy updates is scheduled for the January 7-8, 2011, Commission meeting in Olympia.  The Commission will consider adoption of policy updates at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (506 KB)

Staff Report: 
Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, Director’s Office
Bill Tweit, Columbia River/Distant Waters Policy Lead, Dir. Office

11:45 P.M.
LUNCH BREAK:
1:15 P.M.

9. 2011 NORTH OF FALCON FISHERY POLICY UPDATE – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on the current status of preparations for the upcoming North of Falcon process.  The Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed updates to Policy C-3608 at its January 7-8, 2011, meeting in Olympia, and may consider adoption of 2011 policy updates at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (282 KB)

Staff Report: 
Pat Pattillo, Special Assistant to the Director
John Long, Statewide Salmon Manager, Fish Program

10. COLUMBIA RIVER WHITE STURGEON MANAGEMENT POLICY UPDATES – BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed updates to its Policy C-3001, Lower Columbia Sturgeon Management.  The Commission will consider adoption of an updated policy at its January 7-8, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (2.4 MB)

Staff Report:  Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
 
 
BREAK
 

11. MULTIPLE SEASON BIG GAME PERMIT LEVELS – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING & RULE ACTION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-294, Multiple season big game permits, which would simplify the regulations and add two more names to the drawing.  Following public testimony, the Commission will consider adoption of the proposed amendments.

- Summary - PDF format (455 KB)

Staff Report:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

12. “UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE IN PLACES” SURVEY REPORT –  BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on draft results from a survey conducted in collaboration with Colorado State University researchers as part of multi-agency effort to broaden understanding of public perception relating to access, services, and management of fish and wildlife resources.

- Summary - PDF format (11.55 MB)

Staff Report:
Steve Pozzanghera, Region 1 Director 
Sandra Jonker, Region 5 Wildlife Program Manager

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.

5:30 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
Location: NRB Room 172

8:30 AM

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

14. REMOVAL OF MINERALS, WOOD AND ARTIFACTS FROM DEPARTMENT LANDS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-251 Removal of minerals, wood and artifacts from department lands, which would implement harsher penalties for unlawfully cutting down and/or taking timber, trees, wood, soil, minerals, fossils, plants, etc., from Department lands.  The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its January 7-8, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (15 KB)

Staff Report: 
Mike Cenci, Deputy Chief, Enforcement Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

15. BUYING OR SELLING GAME – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-071 Buying or selling game unlawful–Game-farmed meat exception, which would specifically prohibit trafficking edible parts of wild game animals.
The Commission may consider adoption of permanent rule amendments at a meeting on or after January 7, 2011.

- Summary - PDF format (21 KB)

Staff Report: 
Mike Cenci, Deputy Chief, Enforcement Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

16. LEAD FISHING TACKLE RESTRICTIONS ON 13 LAKES WITH LOONS – RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-619, Washington food fish and game fish–Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules, to ban the use of lead fishing gear on 13 lakes. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its October 1-2, 2010, meeting.

- Summary - PDF format (978 KB)
- List of 13 lakes - PDF format (32 KB)

Staff Report: 
Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager, Fish Program; and
Rocky Beach, Wildlife Diversity Program Manager, Wildlife Program

 
BREAK
 

17. SPORT FISHING REGULATIONS, MINOR CYCLE AMENDMENTS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to sportfishing regulations that are housekeeping in nature and/or necessary for conservation of the resource. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

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.

- Summary - PDF format (599 KB)

Staff Report: 
Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager, Fish Program
PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

18. PUGET SOUND CRAB FISHERY MANAGEMENT — RULE BRIEFING &  PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed changes to WAC 220, 56-330, Crab—areas and seasons, to implement Commission Policy C-3609, Puget Sound Crab, which was approved at the October 1-2, 2010, meeting in Olympia. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (103 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
11:40 A.M.
LUNCH BREAK:
12:30 P.M.

19. PUGET SOUND COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING: 
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to commercial fishing regulations for Puget Sound commercial bottom fish, forage fish and shrimp fisheries that would reduce impacts to populations of rockfish in Puget Sound.  The Commission will consider adoption of final amendments at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

WAC 220-48-005 Puget Sound bottomfish—General provisions;
WAC 220-48-011 Beam trawl and otter trawl—Gear;
WAC 220-48-013 Beam trawl and otter trawl logbooks;
WAC 220-48-015 Beam trawl and otter trawl—Seasons;
WAC 220-48-016 Pelagic trawl—Gear—Licensing;
WAC 220-48-017 Pelagic trawl—Seasons;
WAC 220-48-028 Set net—Dogfish—Gear;
WAC 220-48-029 Set net—Dogfish—Seasons;
WAC 220-48-031 Set line—Gear;
WAC 220-48-032 Set line—Seasons;
WAC 220-48-041 Commercial jig—Gear;
WAC 220-48-051 Troll lines--Bottomfish—Gear;
WAC 220-48-052 Bottomfish troll—Seasons;
WAC 220-48-062 Drag seines—Seasons;
WAC 220-48-071 Bottomfish pots—Gear and seasons;
WAC 220-49-012 Herring, anchovy and smelt fishing—Purse seine;
WAC 220-49-020 Herring and anchovy—Seasons—Lawful gear—Purposes;
WAC 220-52-051 Shrimp fishery—Puget Sound; and
WAC 220-52-069 Scallop fishery—Puget Sound.

- Summary - PDF format (175 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

20. ALTERNATIVES TO EXISTING BOTTOMFISH MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS IN CATCH AREA 4:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will present options for amending bottomfish regulations that would enhance the quality of consumptive and non-consumptive recreational opportunities in Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line and protect species of bottomfish recently added to the federal Endangered Species List.  The Commission will consider final adoption of permanent rule amendments at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

WAC 220-16-890 through WAC 220-16-950 (new sections);
WAC 220-20-100 General provisions—Marine protected areas; and
WAC 220-56-235 Possession limits—Bottomfish.

- Summary - PDF format (102 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

21. 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.

22. DIRECTOR'S PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT – DECISION:
The Commission and Director will consider final approval of an updated performance agreement between the Commission and Department Director.

- Summary - PDF format (50 KB)

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

4:45 PM

ADJOURN

Times are approximate and subject to change.

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