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Olympia, WA 98504-3200

Phone: 360-902-2267
Fax: 360-902-2448
commission@dfw.wa.gov

Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair

 

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January 8-10, 2015 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING

REVISED SPECIAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT- January 8, 2015
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REGULAR MEETING - January 9-10, 2015

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015 - SPECIAL MEETING

WA State Parks Bldg – 1111 Israel Road SW Olympia WA 98504

8:00 A.M. Call to Order
1. Commission Discussion – Department Selection Procedure

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The Commission will briefly discuss the procedure for further considering the applications for the Director position.  The Commission will not be taking final hiring action today.
8:20 A.M. 2. Executive Session
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), the Commission will meet in executive session to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee; and

RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) To discuss with legal counsel representing the agency litigation or potential litigation to which the agency, the governing body, or a member acting in an official capacity is, or is likely to become, a party, when public knowledge regarding the discussion is likely to result in an adverse legal or financial consequence to the agency, and specifically related to open government legal issues related to the Commission’s selection of a new Director.

No action will be taken in executive session, and the public is not permitted to listen to the executive session.

3:30 pm Recess

Preliminary Meeting Agenda

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015 - REGULAR MEETING

Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center
1620 74th Avenue SW Tumwater, WA 98501 – Evergreen Room
http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-tumwater-washington-WA126/Hotel-Map

8:30 A.M. 3. Call to Order

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a. Commissioners’ Discussion
b. Meeting Minute Approval

8:45 AM 4. Open Public Input

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The Commission is a direct link between the 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 do not already have public input time on the agenda.

9:15 AM 5. Director’s Report

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The Director will brief the Commission on various items.
10:30 AM 6. State Wildlife Action Plan Revision Process – Briefing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on the beginning stages of the State Wildlife Action Plan revision process.  This briefing overviews the key elements of the Plan and highlights opportunities for stakeholder and public engagement.

- Summary - PDF Format (17 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report:  Eric Gardner,  Diversity Division Manager and Lynn Helbrecht, State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator

11:00 AM 7. 2015 - 16 Sportfishing Regulation Proposals – Decision

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Department staff will request adoption of the Sportfishing rules and regulations for the 2015-16 season.

- Summary - PDF Format (3 b)
- Presentation - PDF Format (2 Mb)

Staff Report:  Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager; Chris Donley, Inland Fish Program Manager; Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager; John Easterbrooks, Region 3 Fish Program Manager; and John Weinheimer, Fish and Wildlife Biologist

1:00 PM 8. ALEA Grant Program Proposal to Offer Grants once per Biennium – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission for a modification to the application submittal requirement for ALEA grants from an annual to a biennial timeframe.

- Summary - PDF Format (731 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (5 Mb)

Staff Report: Josh Nicholas, ALEA Grants Manager

1:15 PM 9. 2015 - 16 North of Falcon Policy C-3608 – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will provide a briefing of the Commission’s North of Falcon Policy C-3608 (currently in effect until December 31, 2014) and propose modifications for the Commission’s consideration of a January, 2015 through December, 2016 policy.

- Presentation P PDF

Staff Report: Ron Warren, Deputy Assistant Director, Intergovernmental Salmon Management and John Long, Statewide Salmon Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

2:00 PM 10. Review of the Columbia River Fishery Management Policy C-3620 – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will provide the Commission an annual briefing on Columbia River fishery management as set forth per policy C-3620.

- Summary - PDF Format (752 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- 2014 Commission Report - PDF Format (210 Kb)

Staff Report: Guy Norman, Region 5 Director and Ron Roler, Columbia River Policy Coordinator and Robin Ehlke, Assistant Columbia River Policy Coordinator

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

3:30 PM 11. Columbia River Commercial Catch Area Amendments – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on inclusion of new commercial catch areas to aid in management of existing and emergent commercial fishing opportunities within the Columbia River.

- Summary - PDF Format (742 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report:  Ron Roler, Columbia River Policy Coordinator

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

4:00 PM 12. Lower Columbia River Sturgeon – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will update the Commission on lower Columbia River sturgeon management considerations for 2015.

- Summary - PDF Format (22 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (3Mb)

Staff Report: Cindy Le Fleur, Region 5 Fish Program Manager and Brad James, Fish and Wildlife Biologist

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

4:45 PM Recess

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center
1620 74th Avenue SW Tumwater, WA 98501 – Evergreen Room
http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-tumwater-washington-WA126/Hotel-Map

7:00 A.M. 13. Executive Session
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), the Commission will meet in executive session to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

No action will be taken in executive session, and the public is not permitted to listen to the executive session.

8:00 AM 14. Department Director Selection – Decision

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The Commission will consider selection of a final candidate, who will be offered the position of Department Director.
9:00 AM 15. Open Public Input

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The Commission is a direct link between the 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 do not already have public input time on the agenda.

9:45 AM 16. Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy – Briefing and Public Hearing

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The Department will brief the Commission on Willapa Bay Salmon Management challenges, describe the public process, and seek guidance on draft policy sideboards.

- Summary - PDF Format (208 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (520 Kb)
- Willapa Bay Salmon DRAFT Policy

Staff Report:  Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

11:45 PM 17. Election of Commission Chair and Vice Chair – Decision

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Pursuant to RCW 77.04.060, the Commission will elect a chair and vice chair, each to serve a term of two years or until a successor is elected.
12:15 PM 18. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief

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The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.
1:00 PM Adjourn


Contact the Fish and Wildlife Commission Office for further information:
Phone (360) 902-2267
Email: commission@dfw.wa.gov