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

MEETING MINUTES

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
January 7-8, 2011

Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington Street SE
First Floor, Room 172
Olympia, Washington

ATTENDANCE:
Commission
Public (cont.)
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair
John Ellinwood
Rollie Schmitten
Walt Komizexki
Connie Mahnken
Laurence Bucklin, Puget Sound Anglers (PSA)
David Jennings
Diane Gallegos, Wolf Haven International
Chuck Perry
Robert Dengel, DNR
Polly Fischer, PSA
Commission Staff:
Linda Sunders
Darlene Bartlett, Administrative Asst.
Jack Giard
B.J. Thorniley, WA State Trappers Assn
Department
Dave Croonquist
Phil Anderson, Director
Robert Kehoe, Purse Seine Vessel Owners Assn. (PSVOA)
Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
Gregg Lovrovich, PSVOA
Ann Larson
Tom Lovrovich, PSVOA
Bruce Bjork
Les Clark, Northwest Gillnetters Assn (NGA)
Mike Kuttel
Francis Clark (NGA)
Steve Crown
James Ryan
Brenda Kane
Ray Puhl
Bill Vincent
Becca Yucha
Heather Bartlett
Robert Frambach
Pat Pattillo
Marty Michaels
Ron Warren
John Peterson
John Long
Mike Doherty
Cindy LeFleur
Brian Allison, Puget Sound Crab Assn (PSCA)
Bill Tweit
John Rantz (PSCA)
Brad James
Bruce Roberts
Rich Childers
Clint Muns, PSRFE
Kirt Hughes
Kent Martin
Jo Wadsworth
Irene Martin
Nate Pamplin
Jerry Lowe
Jim Scott
Nathan Burck
Craig Bartlett
Robert suidar
Craig Burley
Tony Foxsman
Bill Frymire, AGO
Darren Crookshanks, CRFPU
Jim Wells, Salmon For All
Public
Harry Barber, CCA
Rich Eltrich
Ed Wickersham
Walt Christensen, WA State Muzzleloader Assn
Whittier Johnson
Andrew Marks, Coastal Conservation Assn (CCA)
Avery Blair
Ray Crisp, WSAA
Tom Marshall, Ocean Beauty Sfds, LLC
Tony Wells, EITW
Norm Reinhardt, Kitsap Poggie Club
Al Schmauder, Chambers Clover Watershed
Ray Honea, PSHA
Gary Krein, CAPS
David Harsila, Puget Sound Salmon Commission
Curt Kramer
Laurie Peterson
Patrick Burns
Doug Binder
Jamie Bown
Randall Botin
Dan Welden, Lake Sutherland Assn
Ed H.
   

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011

Vice Chair Douvia called the meeting to order at 8:31 a.m.

1a. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
The Commission deferred this agenda item to its January 21, 2011, conference call in Olympia. Pursuant to WAC 77.04.060, five members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and to adopt permanent rules and amendments to or repeals of existing rules.

1b.  COMMISSIONER DISCUSSION:
No Commission discussion took place during this portion of the meeting.

1c. DIRECTOR’S REPORT:
Director Anderson reviewed significant Departments issues and activities, including:

  • Wolf management
  • Whiskey Dick settlement
  • Suspension on WAC 232-12-251, Removal of Wood, Minerals and Artifacts on Public Lands
  • Meetings with key legislators
  • Update on proposed agency consolidation
  • Performance agreement recommendation

1d. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Ann Larson, Legislative Liaison, briefed the Commission on the proposed 2011 Department legislation.

1e. BUDGET AND OPERATIONS UPDATE:
Deputy Director Stohr provided an update to the Commission on the Department’s budget and operational issues.

2. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
Several individuals testified on issues of concern during this portion of the meeting.

  • Andrew Marks (Federal Way) – Puget Sound Chinook Resource Management Plan
  • Ray Crisp (Olympia) – Lighted nocks
  • Jack Giard (Lopez Island) – Sport crabbers near reef nets
  • Al Schmauder (Lacey) –Chambers Creek estuary and dam

10. TURN IN A POACHER PROGRAM AND HUNTER EDUCATION TRAILER – BRIEFING: (moved from Saturday)
Chief Bruce Bjork, Mike Kuttel and Officer Steve Crown, briefed the Commission on the Enforcement Program’s Turn in a Poacher program (TIP) and presented the Hunter Education trailer for the Commissioners and staff to explore.

4. ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO THE COMMISSION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES UPDATE – BRIEFING:
Bill Vincent and Brenda Kane updated the Commission on committee additions and current activities and goals.

5. OVERVIEW OF THE STATE HATCHERY SYSTEM (PART 2) – BRIEFING:
Heather Bartlett and James Dickson provided the Commission with additional information on the history of fish hatcheries in Washington State, including historic and contemporary anadromous fish production levels and economic benefit.

6. NORTH OF FALCON FISHERY, PROPOSED POLICY UPDATES – BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Pat Pattillo updated the Commission on the current status of the North of Falcon process and proposed 2011 updates to Commission Policy C-3608. The Commission will consider adoption of an updated policy at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia. Seven individuals provided oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting:

    • Al Schmauder (Lacey)
    • Bob Kehoe (Seattle)
    • Gary Krein (Everett)
    • Curt Kraemer (Marysville)
    • Patrick Burns (Bellingham)
    • Norm Reinhardt (Port Orchard)
    • David Harsila (Shoreline)

Commissioner Perry joined by telephone at this point in the meeting.

7. ELWHA RIVER FISHING CURTAILMENT – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Ron Warren provided 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. Mr. Warren also presented possible alternatives to the fishing curtailments. The Commission will consider adoption of an updated policy at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia. Seven individuals provided oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting:

    • Steve Morgan (Joyce)
    • Dan Welden (Port Angeles)
    • Robert Frambach (Port Angeles)
    • Becca Yucha (Port Angeles)
    • James Ryan (Sequim)
    • Bill Redman (Mercer Island)
    • Mike Doherty (Port Angeles)

8. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
Several individual testified on issues of concern during this portion of the meeting.

  • Laurence Bucklin (University Place) – Calculations for the Puget Sound Crab estimate
  • Douglas Binder (Kent) – Hatchery Scientific River group and hatchery policy effects

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.

Vice Chair Douvia recessed the meeting at 6:02 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2011:

Vice Chair Douvia called the meeting back to order at 8:31 a.m.

9. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
Several individual testified on issues of concern during this portion of the meeting.

  • Dave Croonquist (Sequim) – Elwha River concerns and Turn in a Poacher Program
  • Bruce Roberts (Olympia) – Wolf Management
  • Brian Allison (Oak Harbor) – Crab Policy, RCW 77.04.012
  • John Rantz (Bellingham) – Conservation and fairness of the Puget Sound Crab Policy

3. COLUMBIA RIVER WHITE STURGEON MANAGEMENT. PROPOSED POLICY UPDATES – DECISION: (Moved from Friday)
Cindy Le Fleur, Bill Tweit and Brad James briefed the Commission on proposed updates to its Policy C-3001, Lower Columbia Sturgeon Management for 2011. New language was proposed by Commission Schmitten and the staff agreed to incorporate the new “Annual Review” in the proposed amendments. The Commission deferred this agenda item to its January 21, 2011, conference call in Olympia. Pursuant to WAC 77.04.060, five members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and to adopt permanent rules and amendments to or repeals of existing rules.

11.  PUGET SOUND CRAB FISHERY OVERVIEW – BRIEFING
Rich Childers provided a review to the Commission on the background of proposals 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.

12. COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER CHINOOK FISHERY POLICY, PROPOSED UPDATES – BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Cindy Le Fleur briefed 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. Ten individuals provided oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting:

  • Harry Barber (Washougal)
  • Ed Wickersham (Ridgefield)
  • Greg Johnson (Vancouver)
  • Darren Crookshanks (Longview)
  • Jim Wells (Astoria, OR)
  • Jerry Lowe (Aberdeen)
  • Irene Martin (Skamokawa)
  • Kent Martin (Skamokawa)
  • Les Clark (Chinook)
  • Robert Sudar (Longview)

13. SUMMARY OF COMMISSION REQUESTS/NEW REQUESTS:
The Commission thoroughly reviewed the summary of Commission requests at its conference call on December 17, 2010. The Commission chose not to review them again at this time.

14. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
Two individual testified on issues of concern during this portion of the meeting.

  • Nathan Burck (Kalama) – Columbia River White Sturgeon, stop over fishing
  • Clint Muns (Shelton) – Chambers Creek

15. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBREIF:
The Commission discussed items that arose immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda.

Vice Chair Douvia adjourned the meeting at 11:48 a.m.