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.
9. COASTAL FORAGE FISH OVERVIEW – BRIEFING:
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Department staff will brief the Commission on the management approach for coastal forage fish under the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries Management Plan. The Commission received a briefing on Puget Sound forage fish at the April 8-9, 2011, Commission meeting in Olympia.
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Michele Culver, Region 6 Director; and
Lorna Wargo, Coastal Marine Fisheries Biologist, Fish Program
10. GAME FARM RESERVES AND WATERFOWL CLOSURES – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
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Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to game farm reserves and waterfowl closure rules to update the list of game reserves and clarify boundary descriptions. The Commission will consider final adoption at its August 5-6, 2011, meeting in Olympia.
WAC 232-16-700 Swinomish Spit Game Reserve
WAC 232-16-130 Ellensburg Game Farm Reserve, and
WAC 232-16-360 South Tacoma Game Farm Reserve
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Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program
11. COUGAR CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT – BRIEFING:
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At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on cougar management issues associated with the Department’s Game Management Plan, including the status of public outreach efforts.
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Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program; and
Rich Beausoleil, Bear-Cougar Specialist, Wildlife Program