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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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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
December 11-12, 2015

Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015

8:00 AM 1. Call to Order
  1. Commissioners’ Discussion
  2. Meeting Minute Approval
8:15 AM 2. Open Public Input
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.

9:00 AM 3. Director’s Report
The Director will brief the Commission on various items.

- Director's Report (161 Kb)

9:30 AM 4. 2016/17 Sportfishing Regulation Proposals – Decision
Department staff will seek approval from the Commission on proposals for the upcoming Sportfishing rules and regulations for the 2016-17 season.

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

Staff Report: Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager, Chris Donley, Region 1 Fish Program Manager, Annette Hoffmann, Region 4 Fish Program Manager, Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager

10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM 5. Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Action Update – Briefing
Department staff will brief the Commission on WDFW's active role in research and monitoring the recovery of rockfish within Puget Sound in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service for the preparation of a rockfish recovery plan.

- Summary - PDF Format ( 27 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (2 Mb)

Staff Report: Dayv Lowry, Ph.D., Research Scientist and Dan Tonnes, Federal Rockfish Recovery Coordinator for Puget Sound, (NMFS)

11:30 Lunch
1:00 PM 6. Transaction Fee WAC – Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision
Department staff will brief the Commission, take public comments and request approval for amendments to WAC 220-55-180, relating to point-of-sale transaction fees as provided in RCW 77.32.050.

- Summary - PDF Format (212 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (442 Kb)

Staff Report:  Joe Stohr, Deputy Director and Joanna Eide, Criminal Justice Liaison/Regulations Coordinator

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

1:20 PM 7. Shellfish Enforcement from Harvest Grounds to the Illicit Market Place – Briefing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the Enforcement Program's responsibilities and challenges associated with shellfish enforcement, with a focus on bi-valve species.

- Summary - PDF Format (63 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (4 Mb)

Staff Report:  Mike Cenci, Deputy Chief of Enforcement

1:50 PM 8. Point No Point Status Update – Briefing and Public Input
Department staff will brief the Commission on the status of the Department's proposed boat launch at Point No Point.

- Summary - PDF Format (129 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Letter from Suquamish Tribe
- Letter from US Army Corp of Engineers
- Point No Point Treaty Council Letter

Staff Report: Michele Culver, Regional Director and Tim Burns, Assistant Director, CAMP

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

2:50 PM Break
3:05 PM 9. 2015 Major West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom - Briefing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the impacts to commercial and recreational fisheries and emerging information about possible causes of this year's harmful algal bloom.

- Summary - PDF Format (20 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (10 Mb)

Staff Report: Dan Ayres, Coastal Shellfish Manager

3:35 PM 10. Commission Tour – Western Flyer at the Port Townsend Shipwrights Coop
The Commissioners will tour the restoration project underway on the historic Western Flyer.

Please note the public is also welcome to attend however, transportation to the site will not be provided. The meeting will adjourn immediately after the tour.

4:15 PM Recess

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2015

8:30 AM 11. Open Public Input
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.

9:00 AM 12. Meeting with Francine Madden – Discussion
The Commission will be briefed on recent meetings of the Wolf Advisory Group and hear an overview of wildlife conflict transformation.

- Summary - PDF Format (22 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (5 Mb)

10:00 AM 13. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.
10:30 AM Adjourn


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

Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the public meeting are invited to contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.govl). Reasonable accommodation requests should be received at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting to ensure availability. Please provide two (2) weeks’ notice for requests for ASL/ESL interpretation services. For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.