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

 

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February 18, 2011 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

MEETING MINUTES

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION
MEETING
via CONFERENCE CALL
February 18, 2011
Olympia, Washington


ATTENDANCE:
Commission
Department Staff
Miranda Wecker, Chair
Phil Anderson, Director
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair
Bruce Bjork
David Jennings
Craig Burley
Connie Mahnken
Jim Uehara
Chuck Perry
Darren Friedel
Rollie Schmitten
Ann Larson
Commission Staff:
Public - None
Susan Galloway, Exec. Assistant
Darline Bartlett, Admin. Assistant

Vice Chair Douvia called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.

A.   TRIPLOID TROUT DISTRIBUTION - DECISION:
Craig Burley presented the 2011 Triploid Trout Stocking Plan to the Commission for consideration. The proposed list of lakes in the 2011 Triploid Stocking Plan maintains a 55/45 allocation between the Westside and Eastside lakes and is similar to the list of lakes stocked in 2010.

Commissioner Wecker moved, seconded by Commissioner Perry, to approve the 2011 Triploid Trout Stocking Plan as presented.  The motion carried unanimously.

B. DERELICT FISHING NETS:
At the request of the Commission, Craig Burley and Bruce Bjork reviewed information about legislation that would change authority and penalize constituents who fail to report lost fishing nets or gear.  The Department will provide additional information after the completion of the 2011 legislative session.

C.  LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Ann Larson provided the Commission with overview of the current status of legislation related to the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources in Washington State. The Commission discussed various legislative proposals and its position on SB 5669/HB 1850, merging of natural resource agencies; and SB 5356/HB 1124, hunting cougars with the aid of dogs.

Commissioner Wecker moved, seconded by Commissioner Jennings, to approve the statement on the merger bill as discussed.  The motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commissioner Wecker, to approve a letter to the Governor to be signed by Chair Wecker regarding the cougar program as discussed. The motion carried unanimously.

D.  UPCOMING MEETING AGENDA:
Commissioners and Department staff discussed agenda items for the March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

E.  GENERAL DISCUSSION:
Commissioners and Department staff discussed recent activities and items of interest, including:

  • Scientific conference on wolves
  • Departure of Idaho Fish and Game director, Cal Groin

Vice Chair Douvia adjourned the meeting at 10:17 a.m.