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Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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February 4-5, 2011 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

Audio Transcripts

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
February 4-5, 2011
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 175
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes

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    - Draft minutes - PDF format (75 KB)

  2. Commissioners' Discussion

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  3. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)

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  4. Legislative Update (Ann Larson)

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  5. Budget & Operations Update (Joe Stohr)

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2. 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.

3. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTIONS - DECISION:

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The Commission will consider approval of one proposed land transaction: 
Acquisition of a 960-acre conservation easement in Kittitas County.

- Summary - PDF format (1.6 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

4. COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER CHINOOK FISHERY POLICY, PROPOSED UPDATES - DECISION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of updates to Policy C-3618.  The Commission received a briefing and held a public hearing on proposed policy updates at its January 7-8, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (574 KB)

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

1:00 PM

5. BUYING OR SELLING GAME - RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:

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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 will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (943 KB)

Staff Report: 
Mike Cenci, Deputy Chief, Enforcement Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

6. NORTH OF FALCON FISHERY, PROPOSED POLICY UPDATES – DECISION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of updates to Commission Policy C-3608, North of Falcon.  The Commission received a briefing and held a public hearing on proposed policy updates at its January 7-8, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (358 KB)

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

7. ELWHA RIVER FISHING CURTAILMENT – RULE ACTION:

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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 establish a recreational fishing closure in conjunction with the removal of two dams on the Elwha River scheduled to begin in November 2011.  The Commission held a public hearing on proposed amendments at its January 7-8, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (824 KB)
- Supplemental information - PDF format (82 KB)

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

 

8. PUGET SOUND CRAB FISHERY MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS - RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to the 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 was briefed on this subject at its January 7-8, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (1.3 MB)

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

9. PUGET SOUND RECREATIONAL CLAM AND OYSTER SEASONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:

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Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 220-56-350, Clams other than razor clams, mussels --Areas and seasons, and WAC 220-56-380, Oysters – Areas and seasons.  The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

- Summary - PDF format (408 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

10. 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.

4:55 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5

8:30 AM

11. 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.

12. ALTERNATIVES TO BOTTOMFISH MANAGEMENT MEASURES IN MARINE AREA 4 - RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to bottomfish regulations that would enhance the quality of consumptive and non-consumptive recreational opportunities in Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its December 2-3-4, 2010, 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 (1.8 MB)

Staff Report: 
Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager; and
Heather Reed, Coastal Marine Resources Policy Coordinator

13. SPORT FISHING REGULATIONS, MINOR CYCLE AMENDMENTS - RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to sportfishing regulations that are necessary for conservation of the resource. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its December 2-3-4, 2010, 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 (1.6 MB)

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

 

 

14. PUGET SOUND COMMERCAIL FISHING REGULATIONS - RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent 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 held a public hearing on these proposals at its December 2-4, 2010, 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 220-48-062 Drag seines—Seasons;
           WAC 220-48-071 Bottomfish pots—Gear and seasons;
           WAC 220-52-051 Shrimp fishery—Puget Sound; and
           WAC 220-52-069 Scallop fishery—Puget Sound.

- Summary - PDF format (543 KB)

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

15. 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.

16. 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.

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17. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBRIEF:

Part 1 - Director's Performance Agreement Amendments
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Part 2 - Commission Committee Reports
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The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.

12:20 P.M.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

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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.

1:20 P.M.
ADJOURN

 

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