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

 

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January 7-8, 2011 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

Audio Transcripts

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
January 7-8, 2011
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

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

2. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

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Director Anderson responds to public comment regarding Puget Sound Chinook Management Plan
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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.

3.** COLUMBIA RIVER WHITE STURGEON MANAGEMENT, PROPOSED POLICY UPDATES - DECISION:

**Item 3 was moved to Saturday.

10.** TURN IN A POACHER PROGRAM AND HUNTER EDUCATION TIP TRAILER UPDATE - BRIEFING

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Department staff will brief the Commission on the Turn In a Poacher (TIP) Program, including the Hunter Education TIP Trailer.

- Summary - PDF format (19 KB)

Staff Report: 
Chief Bruce Bjork, Assistant Director, Enforcement Program
Mike P. Kuttel, Management Analyst, Enforcement Program

**Item 10 was moved from Saturday to here.

1:00 PM

4. ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE COMMISSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, UPDATE – BRIEFING:

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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). 

- Summary - PDF format (20 KB)

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

5. OVERVIEW OF STATE HATCHERY SYSTEM, PART 2 - BRIEFING:

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Department staff will brief the Commission on the history of fish hatcheries in Washington State, including historic and contemporary anadromous fish production levels and economic benefit.  The Commission received part 1 in this series of briefings during its December 2-4, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (12 KB)

Staff Report: 
Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division Manager, Fish Program
James Dixon, Hatchery Division, Fish Program

6. NORTH OF FALCON FISHERY, PROPOSED POLICY UPDATES – BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:

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Department staff will brief the Commission on the current status of the North of Falcon process and proposed 2011 updates to Commission Policy C-3608. The Commission received an initial briefing at its December 2-3-4, 2010, meeting in Olympia. The Commission may consider adoption of policy updates at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (78 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
 

7. ELWHA RIVER FISHING CURTAILMENT – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:

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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, that would establish a recreational fishing closure of Elwha River and tributaries downstream of Olympic National Park to protect fish stocks during removal of dams on the Elwha River beginning in 2011. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (90 KB)

Staff Report: 
Ron Warren, Regional Fisheries Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

8. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

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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:

Begin Executive Session
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End Executive Session
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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 permitted to attend the executive session.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8

8:30 AM

9. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

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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.

10.** TURN IN A POACHER PROGRAM AND HUNTER EDUCATION TIP TRAILER UPDATE - BRIEFING

**Item 10 was moved to Friday.

3.** COLUMBIA RIVER WHITE STURGEON MANAGEMENT, PROPOSED POLICY UPDATES - DECISION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of proposed updates to its Policy C-3001, Lower Columbia Sturgeon Management for 2011.  The Commission received a briefing and held a public hearing on proposed policy updates at its December 2-3-4, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (1.4 MB)

Staff Report: 
Cindy Le Fleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator

**Item 3 was moved from Friday to here.

11. PUGET SOUND CRAB FISHERY OVERVIEW –BRIEFING:

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Department staff will review the background of proposals currently before the Commission to amend Puget Sound Dungeness crab fishery regulations. The Commission held a public hearing on proposed amendments to WAC 220-56-330, Crab—areas and seasons, at its December 2-4, 2010, Commission meeting in Olympia, and will consider adoption of permanent at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (10 KB)

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

 

12. COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER CHINOOK FISHERY POLICY, PROPOSED UPDATES - BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:

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Department staff will brief the Commission proposed 2011 updates to Commission Policy C-3618.  The Commission will consider adoption of policy updates at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

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Staff Report: 
Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, Director’s Office
Bill Tweit, Columbia River/Distant Waters Policy Lead, Dir. Office
PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

13. SUMMARY OF COMMISSION REQUESTS/NEW REQUESTS:

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The Commission and Director will review the current list of Commission requests to the Department and may consider new requests.

14. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

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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. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBRIEF:

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The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published including committee reports and, time permitting, election of chair and vice chair.

1:40 P.M.

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