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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

MEETING MINUTES

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
February 4-5, 2010

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

ATTENDANCE:
Commission
Public
Miranda Wecker, Chair
Al Schmauder, Chambers Creek Estuary
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair
Mike Henderson, Chambers Creek Estuary
Rollie Schmitten
Terry Huliu
Connie Mahnken
Michael Anderson
David Jennings
Dana Larson
Chuck Perry
Becca Yucha
Brad Smith
Amber Carlson
Linda Saunders
Commission Staff:
Matthew Schubert, Peninsula Daily News
Susan Galloway
Les Clark
Darlene Bartlett
Francis Clark
Brian Allison
Department
Lawrence Bucklin
Phil Anderson, Director
B. J. Thorneley, WA State Trappers
Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
David Reese, Coastal conservation Assn.
Ann Larson
Doug Myers, People for Puget Sound
Dan Budd
Jaime Glasgow, Wild Fish conservancy
Cindy LeFleur
Bob Muhlhausen
Mike Cenci
Clin Muns, PSFRE
Pat Pattillo
Miranda Ciotti
Ron Warren
Samuel Kaviar
Rich Childers
Ted Measor, Puget Sound Anglers (PSA
Craig Burley
Jeremy cummins, PSA
Heather Reed
John Risser, PSA
Bruce Bjork
Keith Johnson
Jo Wadsworth
Nate Pamplin
Jim Scott
Bill Frymire, AGO
Michelle Culver
Kirt Hughes
John Long
   

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011

Chair Wecker called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.

1a. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES:
Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Jennings, to approve the minutes from following as presented:

  • December 17, 2010, conference call, and
  • January 21, 2011, conference call

The motion carried unanimously.

1b. COMMISSIONER DISCUSSION:
Commissioners discussed recent activities and items of general interest, including Chair Wecker’s recent meetings with legislators.

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

  • Heart disease awareness day
  • New Wildlife Assistant Director, Nate Pamplin
  • Officer of the Year, Chad McGary, Enforcement
  • Legislative proposal for natural resource agencies consolidation
  • WAFWA mid-winter meeting
  • Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan
  • Wolf Management

1d. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Ann Larson, Legislative Liaison, briefed the Commission on proposed 2011 Department request 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:
Seven individuals testified on issues of concern during this portion of the meeting.

  • Al Schmauder (Lacey) – Concerns about the Chambers Creek estuary and dam
  • Mike Henderson (Steilacoom) – Hatchery programs for Chambers Creek
  • Mike Anderson (Olympia) – Wolves in Washington
  • Dana Larson (Olympia) – Wolves in Washington
  • Becca Yucha (Port Angeles) – Lake Sutherland closure
  • Wendy Danielson (Olympia) – Wolf recovery and management plan
  • Amber Carlson (Napavine) – Draft wolf management plan

3. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTIONS – DECISION:
Dan Budd briefed the Commission on a proposed land transaction.

  • Acquisition of a 960-acre conservation easement in Kittitas County

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Perry, to approve the proposed land transaction as presented.
The motion carried unanimously.

4. COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER CHINOOK FISHERY POLICY, PROPOSED UPDATES – DECISION:
Cindy Le Fleur summarized proposed updates to Commission and public comments on the Summer Chinook policy C-3618.

Commissioner Schmitten moved, seconded by Commission Smith, to approve the proposed updates to the summer Chinook policy C-3618 as presented.  The motion carried unanimously.

5. BUYING OR SELLING OF GAME – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Deputy Chief Mike Cenci provided the Commission with information 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.

No public signed up to testify on this agenda item during this portion of the meeting.

6. NORTH OF FALCON FISHERY, PROPOSED POLICY UPDATES – DECISION:
Pat Pattillo updated the Commission on the proposed 2011 updates and reviewed public input to Commission Policy C-3608.

Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commission Schmitten, to approve the proposed 2011-2012 North of Falcon Policy C-3608 as presented.  The motion carried.

7. ELWHA RIVER FISHING CURTAILMENT – DECISION:
Ron Warren briefed 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 held a public hearing at its January 7-8, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Smith, to move to adopt the permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-619 as presented.  The motion carried unanimously.

8. PUGET SOUND CRAB FISHERY – RULE ACTION:
Rich Childers presented to the Commission changes to WAC 220-56-330 Crab--Areas and seasons that are needed to implement the standard recreational season design adopted in Policy C-3609. The Commission held a public hearing at its December 2-4, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Mahnken, to adopt permanent amendments to WAC 220-56-330 as presented.  The motion carried.

9. PUGET SOUND RECREATIONAL CLAM AND OYSTER SEASONS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Rich Childers briefed the Commission on changes to the recreational clam and oyster seasons on Puget Sound public beaches. Annually reviews are recommended in order to maximize recreational opportunity while preventing overharvest of the state shares. The Commission will consider adoption of policy updates at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

No one signed up to testify on the above proposal during this portion of the meeting.

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

  • Larry Bucklin (University Place) – Puget Sound crab

Chair Wecker recessed the meeting at 4:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011:

Chair Wecker called the meeting back to order at 8:30 a.m.

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

  • Bob Muhlhausen (Hoquiam) – 2-pole license for salmon fishing
  • Doug Myers (Yelm) – Tribal & non-tribal fishing rights, Area 4 B
  • Jamie Glasgow (Duvall) – Area 4 B
  • Ron Garner (Monroe) – Conservation of resources
  • Miranda Ciotti (Olympia) – Wolves

12.  ALTERNATIVES TO BOTTOMFISH MANAGEMENT MEASURES IN MARINE AREA 4:
Heather Reed and Craig Burley briefed the Commission on proposed 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.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Smith, to adopt permanent amendments to: WAC 220-56-235, Possession limits—Bottomfish as proposed in alternative 1b.  The motion carried unanimously.

Note: Rule action on commercial changes under Alternative 1 occurred during       agenda item #14, Puget Sound Commercial Fishing Regulations.

13. SPORT FISHING REGULATIONS, MINOR CYCLE AMENDMENTS – RULE ACTION:
Craig Burley briefed the Commission on proposed amendments to sportfishing regulations 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.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Smith, to adopt permanent amendments to:
          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 as presented. 
The motion carried unanimously.

14.PUGET SOUND COMMERCIAL FISHING REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION:
Craig Burley briefed the Commission 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 held a public hearing on these proposals at its December 2-4, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Mahnken, to adopt permanent amendments to:
          WAC 220-48-005 Puget Sound bottomfish—general provisions;
          WAC 220-48-015 Beam trawl and otter trawl—seasons;
          WAC 220-48-029 Set net—dogfish—seasons;
          WAC 220-48-032 Set line—seasons;
          WAC 220-48-071 Bottomfish pots--gear and seasons;
           WAC 220-48-062 Drag seines—seasons;
          WAC 220-52-051 Shrimp fishery—Puget Sound;
          WAC 220-52-069 Scallop fishery—Puget Sound;
          And to repeal:
          WAC 220-48-011 Beam trawl and otter trawl—gear;
          WAC 220-48-013 Beam trawl and otter trawl logbooks;
          WAC 220-48-016 Pelagic trawl—gear—licensing;
          WAC 220-48-017 Pelagic trawl—seasons;
          WAC 220-48-028 Set net—dogfish—gear; and
          WAC 220-48-031 Set line—gear;  as presented.
The motion carried unanimously.

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

  • Doug Myers (Yelm) – Nisqually Reach Pier, funding to rebuild access

16. SUMMARY OF COMMISSION REQUESTS/NEW REQUESTS:
The Commission reviewed the current status of Commission requests to the Department and approved new requests. 

Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten, to brief the Commission on the on commercial net marking and lost gear reporting requirements, including RCW authorizing environment and existing WAC language.  The motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Wecker moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten, to brief the Commission on eelgrass issues in coastal estuaries; including information on current rules governing protection of eelgrass species, impacts of non-native eelgrass on aquaculture, benefits of non-native eelgrass, process for listing and managing noxious weeds, and recommendation on need for regulatory action.  The motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Jennings, to brief the Commission on the. on the annual Capital Management Review as outlined in the “Berk” Report; including status of projects, project manager progress, development of cost accounting, list of top 20 projects, and discussion of projects not meeting objectives.  The motion carried unanimously

Commissioner Perry moved, seconded by Commissioner Jennings, to brief the Commission on the conservation and rebuilding of depressed salmon stocks, including effect of conservation management in actual recovery and rebuilding of salmon and steelhead stocks/runs; with examples of where occurring and not (i.e., Puget Sound and Columbia River). The motion carried unanimously

17. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBRIEF:
The Commission discussed additional items that arose immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda including:

  • Wildlife committee
  • Marine fish committee
  • Puget Sound Chinook Management Plan
  • Baiting of waterfowl
  • Committee restructuring
  • Enforcement committee report

And took action on two items:

Director’s performance agreement

Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commission Schmitten, to amend page 3 of the Director’s Performance Agreement as discussed.  The motion carried unanimously.

RULE MAKING
In compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order the Commission had no objection to Director Anderson proposal to stop the rule making process on WAC 232-12-251, Removal of minerals, wood and artifacts from Department lands. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), Chair Wecker announced a Commission executive session, convened for the purpose of reviewing the performance of a public employee or employees. No action was taken during the executive session and the public was not permitted to attend. 

Chair Wecker adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.