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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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April 9-10, 2015 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
APRIL 9-10, 2015

Capital Events Center
6005 Tyee Drive SW Tumwater WA 98512 - Mason/Lewis Rooms
Directions: www.capitaleventcenter.org/domain/97

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

8:00 AM 1. Call to Order

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  1. Commissioners’ Discussion
  2. Meeting Minute Approval
8:15 AM 2. 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.

8:45 AM 3. Director’s Report

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The Director will brief the Commission on various items.

9:15 AM 4. 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. Staff Report:  Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager

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- Presentation - PDF Format ( 552 Kb)

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

10:45 AM 5. 2015 Interim Willapa Bay Salmon Management Guidance Policy – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on Willapa Bay salmon management guidance for 2015, and seek direction for upcoming recreational and commercial fishing seasons.

- Summary - PDF Format (21 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (367 Kb)

Staff Report:  Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

12:45 PM 6. Grays Harbor Salmon Management Policy Review – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will present an annual review to the Commission on the Grays Harbor Basin Salmon Management Policy C-3621 as set in the Adaptive Management objectives of the policy.

- Summary - PDF Format (20 Kb)

Staff Report:  Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

1:30 PM 7. Game Reserves and Other Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations – Decision

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Department staff will request approval on the proposed updates and amendments to game reserves and other migratory bird hunting regulations.

- Summary - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (2 Mb)

Staff Report: Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager

1:40 PM 8. Landowner Hunting Permits – Decision

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Department staff will request approval to make adjustments to permit levels and hunt dates in accordance with landowner needs and recreational goals.

- Summary - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (817 Kb)

Staff Report: Brian Calkins, Small Game/Hunting Access Section Manager, Wildlife Program

1:50 PM 9. Trapping Seasons and Regulations – Decision

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Department staff will request approval on proposed dates, bag limits and other rules for all furbearers.

- Summary - PDF Format (641 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (380 Kb)

Staff Report:  Brian Calkins, Small Game/Hunting Access Section Manager, Wildlife Program

2:00 PM 10. Small Game and Hunting Restrictions – Decision

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Department staff will request approval on proposed dates, bag limits and other rules for small game and other wildlife hunting.

- Summary - PDF Format (794 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (656 Kb)

Staff Report:  Brian Calkins, Small Game/Hunting Access Section Manager, Wildlife Program

2:15 PM 11. Falconry and Dog Training Eurasian Collared Doves – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission to add this species to the lists of other species that can be used for training purposes.

- Summary - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (135 Kb)

Staff Report:  Brian Calkins, Small Game/Hunting Access Section Manager, Wildlife Program

2:25 PM 12. Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep, and Moose Permits and Regulations – Decision

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Department staff will request approval on recommendations regarding permit levels for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and moose.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (5 Mb)

Staff Report: Rich Harris, Ph.D., Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

2:45 PM 13. Deer Areas, Elk Areas, Special Closures and Firearm Restriction Areas – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on proposed amendments to deer and elk area descriptions and special closures and firearm restriction areas.

- Summary - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (6 Mb)

Staff Report: Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

3:05 PM 14. Elk General Seasons and Special Permit Regulations – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on elk general seasons and definitions and special permits.

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

Staff Report: Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

3:25 PM 15. Deer General Seasons and Special Permit Regulations – Decision

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Department staff will request approval on deer general seasons and definitions and special permit seasons.

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Staff Report: Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

3:55 PM 16. Baiting of Deer and Elk – Decision

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Department staff will request approval on a proposal for baiting rules.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (964 Kb)

Staff Report: Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

4:15 PM 17. Hunter Orange Clothing Requirements – Decision

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Department staff will request approval on the need for regulatory clarity to ensure Master Hunters wear fluorescent hunter orange clothing while hunting during hunting seasons that allow the use of modern firearms.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (197 Kb)

Staff Report:  David Whipple, Hunter Education Division Manager

4:25 PM 18. Multiple Season Big Game Permits and Reduced Rate Combination Elk Hunting License – Decision

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Department staff will request approval on the master hunter incentive for elk hunting and an adjustment to the date and procedure for purchasing a multiple season big game permit.

- Summary - PDF Format (706 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (323 Kb)

Staff Report:  David Whipple, Hunter Education Division Manager

4:35 PM 19. Game Management Unit Boundaries – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on proposed amendments to game management boundary descriptions in Region 1 and Region 5.

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Staff Report: Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

4:45 PM 20. Importation and Retention of Dead Nonresident Wildlife – Decision

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Department staff will request approval proposed amendments to importation and retention of dead nonresident wildlife.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (396 Kb)

Staff Report: Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

4:55 PM Recess

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
APRIL 9-10, 2015

Capital Events Center
6005 Tyee Drive SW Tumwater WA 98512 - Mason/Lewis Rooms
Directions: www.capitaleventcenter.org/domain/97

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

8:00 AM 21. 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.

8:30 AM 22. Equipment Requirements – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on equipment requirements.

- Summary - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (480 Kb)

Staff Report: Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

8:50 AM 23. Cougar Hunting Seasons and Regulations –Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on cougar harvest and human-cougar conflict trends. Staff will also describe how the results from these topics are incorporated into the Department’s cougar management strategies.  The Commission will also be briefed on the proposed 2015–2016, 2016–2017, and 2017–2018 cougar hunting seasons and regulations.

- Summary - PDF Format (983 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (981 Kb)

Staff Report:  Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore Section Manager, Wildlife Program

9:05 AM 24. Fall and Spring Black Bear Seasons and Regulations –Decision

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Department staff will request approval of proposed amendments to 2015- 2017 fall black bear hunting seasons and regulations and 2018 Spring black bear seasons and regulations.

- Summary - PDF Format (987 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (720 Kb)

Staff Report:  Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore Section Manager, Wildlife Program

9:20 AM 25. Steller Sea Lion and Tufted Puffin Status Review – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on the status review of the Steller Sea Lion and Tufted Puffin.

- Summary - PDF Format (776 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report: Penny Becker, Ph.D., Acting Diversity Division Manager and Gary Wiles, Biologist, Wildlife Program

9:30 AM 26. Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances – Briefing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on two draft voluntary agreements aimed at providing assurances to landowners who sign up to conserve sage-grouse and fisher on their lands before they are federally listed.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (6 Mb)

Staff Report: Penny Becker, Acting Diversity Division Manager and Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Conservation and Restoration Section Manager, Wildlife Program

10:15 AM 27. Quilcene and Dabob Bay Flatfish Sport Rules – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will provide the Commission a briefing on proposed adjustments to the recreational flatfish fisheries within the Quilcene and Dabob bays.

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Staff Report:  Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager and Dayv Lowry, Ph.D., Research Scientist

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

11:00 AM 28. Results of the 2014 Puget Sound Dungeness Crab Fishery – Briefing

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Department staff will provide an annual briefing summarizing the performance and harvest of both commercial and recreational fisheries during the 2014 season and regulation compliance data collected by enforcement and fishery management staff as required in Policy C-3609.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (6 Mb)

Staff Report:  Rich Childers, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager and Mike Cenci, Deputy Chief of Enforcement

11:30 AM 29. Results of the 2014 Puget Sound Shrimp Fishery – Briefing

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Department staff will provide an annual briefing summarizing for each management region the performance and harvest of both commercial and recreational fisheries during the 2014 season as required by Policy C-3610.

- Summary - PDF Format (491 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (4 Mb)

Staff Report:  Rich Childers, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager

12:00 PM 30. Columbia River Sturgeon Update – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on discussion results with stakeholder for Columbia River Sturgeon management in 2015.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report: Guy Norman, Region 5 Director

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12:30 PM 31. Technical Amendments to Recreational Fishing Rules – Briefing and Public Hearing

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The Department is proposing technical changes to several recreational fishing rules to update, clarify provisions, and ensure rule accuracy.

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Staff Report:  Joanna Eide, Criminal Justice Liaison/Regulations Coordinator

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

1:00 PM 32. 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.
1:15 PM Adjourn

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