3. Director's Report:
The Director briefed the Commission on various items including:
4. Hatchery and Fishery Reform Policy - Briefing
Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division Manager, provided an annual status update relative to Policy C-3619 and provided an update on the public process used to provide recommendations to staff for implementing hatchery reform in the Puget Sound region.
5. WAC 220-20-010 – Structural Improvements and Updates - Rule Briefing and Public Hearing
Joanna Eide, Administrative Regulations Analyst, Enforcement Program provided a briefing on the proposed amendments to WAC 220-20-010 to split this rule apart. The changes will clarify, reorganize, and restructure the content of the WAC.
No one signed up to provide public input for this item.
6. WAC Overhaul Technical Rule Changes Round 4 – Decision
Joanna Eide, Administrative Regulations Analyst, Enforcement Program requested the Commission adopt the proposed amendments and repealers in Round 4 of the WAC Overhaul Technical Rule Changes as presented during the November Commission Meeting.
The following rules are amended:
WAC 220-20-039 Live fish‑-Import and transfer.
WAC 220-20-040 General provisions‑-Rearing and planting food fish.
WAC 220-55-230 Columbia River endorsement.
WAC 220-56-360 Razor clams‑-Areas and seasons. (Director Anderson changed pg. 9 subsection b to ‘of the detached’ from ‘at the detached’)
WAC 220-56-372 Razor clam sanctuaries.
WAC 220-76-020 Aquatic farm registration form‑-Required information.
WAC 220-90-010 Herring hardship validations, qualifications, and conditions.
WAC 220-90-015 Resort or marina--Owner or operator.
WAC 232-12-025 Hunts authorized pursuant to RCW 77.12.240
WAC 232-12-064 Live wildlife.
WAC 232-12-091 Commercial buying and processing of anadromous game fish or roe.
WAC 232-12-097 Transportation of anadromous game fish and roe.
WAC 232-12-242 Hunting restrictions.
WAC 232-12-261 Live decoys unlawful.
WAC 232-12-289 Official hunting hours for game birds and game animals.
The following are proposed new rules:
WAC 232-12-063 Live wildlife--Facility, fencing, and marking requirements.
WAC 232-12-288 Official hunting hours for game animals and forest grouse.
The following rules are repealed:
WAC 220-16-255 Geographical definitions—Razor clam areas.
WAC 220-74-015 Surplus salmon eggs.
WAC 220-85-115 Rules of practice and procedure.
WAC 220-100-068 Formal administrative appeal of department environmental
WAC 232-16-010 Establishment of game reserves.
WAC 232-28-285 2010-2011 Pilot cougar hunting seasons with the aid of dogs.
Vice Chair Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to approve the changes as outlined by the department on page 3 of the rule batch 4 materials. Motion carried unanimously.
7. Lands Conservation in the Teanaway Basin – Briefing (originally item 8 on agenda)
Jennifer Quan, Lands Division Manager briefed the Commission on the planned acquisition of 51,000 acres in the Teanaway Basin as part of the implementation for the Yakima Integrated Water Plan’s Lands Conservation element and described the role of the Department in achieving this element.
8. Proposed Land Transactions – Decision (originally item 7 on agenda)
The Commission considered approval of various land transactions presented by Dan Budd, Real Estate Section Manager, Wildlife Program for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, enhancement of public recreation opportunities, and responsible property management.
• Proposed acquisition of 161.9 acres in the Johns River Wildlife Area, Pacific County
• Proposed acquisition of 6.45 acres in Chelan County
• Proposed acquisition of 79.68 acres in Okanogan County
No one signed up to provide public input for this item.
Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commissioner Mahnken, to approve item 1: proposed acquisition of 161.9 acres in the Johns River Wildlife Area, Pacific County and item 2: proposed acquisition of 6.45 acres in Chelan County proposed land transactions as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to approve item 3 proposed acquisition of 79.68 acres in Okanogan County. Motion carried. 8 yes, 1 no.
9. Wildlife Conflict Rules – Decision
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program requested approval of the amendments to wildlife interaction/conflict regulations that were presented to the Commission during the November 8-9, 2012 meeting along with changes made during this meeting.
WAC 232-36-030 Definitions.
WAC 232-36-051 Killing wildlife causing private property damage.
WAC 232-36-100 Payment for commercial crop damage – Limitations.
WAC 232-36-200 Payment for commercial livestock damage – Limitations.
WAC 232-36-250 Payment for noncommercial livestock or guard dog losses – Limitations.
WAC 232-36-260 Application of cash compensation for noncommercial livestock or guard dog losses – Procedure.
WAC 232-36-400 Commercial crop or livestock damage claim – Dispute resolution.
Vice Chair Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Jennings, to adopt the amendments to WAC’s 232-36-030, 232-36-051, 232-36-100, 232-36-200 and 232-36-400 as proposed. Motion carried unanimously.
10. Executive Session:
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), the Commission met in executive session to review the performance of a public employee.
Chair Wecker recessed the meeting at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Chair Wecker called the meeting back to order at 8:32 a.m.
11. Open Public Input
The following people signed up to provide public input:
Mark Gavin – Shrimp
Jennifer Stahl – Sturgeon
Dan Cothren – Game Laws
Kevin Newell – Sturgeon
Ron Garner – Shrimp, Fish
12. Columbia River Fishery Management – Briefing
Guy Norman, Regional Director, Department staff and Workgroup members briefed the Commission on the results of meetings with the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Workgroup members. Commissioners and Department staff discussed next steps including the development of a draft policy.
The following people provided public input for this item:
14. Puget Sound Shrimp Policy Review – Decision
Rich Childers, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager requested that the Commission adopt a spot shrimp fishery management option for a policy that includes fishery management objectives and resource conservation principles.
15. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief
The Commission discussed items that arose immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.
Chair Wecker adjourned the meeting at 2:47 p.m.