January 11, 2019 audio transcript

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
January 11-12, 2019

Natural Resource Building
1111 Washington Street SE Olympia, WA 98501

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019

8:30 A.M. 1. Call to Order

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- Commissioners' Discussion
- Meeting Minute Approval
- Committee Reports if available

8:45 A.M. 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.

9:15 A.M. 3. Director's Report

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The Director will brief the Commission on various item

- Revised Director's Report - PF Format (515 Kb)

9:45 A.M.

4. Land Transactions - Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision

(REMOVED FROM AGENDA)

The Commission will consider approval of land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat and for the enhancement of public recreation opportunities.

Staff Report: Julie Sandberg, Real Estate Section Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

10:00 A.M. 5. Lands Showcase Marketing and Communication Results - Briefing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on the marketing and communications portion of the Lands Showcase project. Consultants from Northwest Research Group and C+C will present the results sent to Washingtonians to establish their awareness and understanding of WDFW's Wildlife Areas, and the online community board used to determine the concepts for the ‘brand pillars' used to develop communications strategies.

- Summary - PDF Format (114 Kb)
- Revised Presentation - PDF Format (2 Mb)

Staff Report: Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Division Manager, and Kristin Nielsen, Business Analyst, Rebecca Elmore-Yalch, Nathan Wiggin, from Northwest Research Group, and Carey Evenson from C+C

10:50 A.M. 6. Pronghorn - Briefing

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Department staff will provide a briefing on the history of pronghorns and pronghorn management in Washington, including translocation efforts, current status and future management considerations and options.

- Summary - PDF Format (71 Kb)
- Revised Presentation - PDF Format (5 Mb)

Staff Report: Rich Harris, Ph.D., Bighorn Sheep, Moose, Mountain Goat, and Pronghorn Antelope Section Manager, Game Division

11:20 A.M. 7. 2019-20 North of Falcon Policy C-3608 - Decision

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The Commission will consider adoption of proposed modifications to the North of Falcon Policy C-3608 (currently in effect through December 31, 2018) setting guidelines for salmon management.

- Summary - PDF Format (118Kb)
- Revised Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report: Kyle Adicks, Intergovernmental Salmon Manager

11:40 A.M. 8. Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan - Update

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Department staff will provide an update on the status of the Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan.

- Summary - PDF Format (22 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report: Kyle Adicks, Intergovernmental Salmon Manager

1:05 P.M.. 9. Columbia River Concurrent Night Fishing Rules - Briefing

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Department staff will provide the Commission an assessment on non-concurrent recreational night fishing regulations with Oregon for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon in the Columbia River, and an inventory of Columbia River night fisheries exclusively managed by WDFW for these species.

- Summary - PDF Format (94 Kb)
- Revised Presentation - PDF Format (428 Kb)

Staff Report: Bill Tweit, Special Assistant and Ryan Lothrop, Columbia River Fishery Manager

1:45 P.M. 10. Wildlife Rehabilitation Rules - Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 220-450-060 through WAC 220-450-220 and the history, reasoning, and process behind those amendments.

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

Staff Report: Patricia Thompson, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Falconry Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
3:30 P.M. 11. Executive Session
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110, the Commission will meet in executive session. No action will be taken during executive session and the public is not permitted to attend.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019

8:00 A.M. 12. Future Meeting Planning - Discussion

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Commissioners and staff will discuss upcoming meetings and conference calls.

- Revised DRAFT February 8-9, 2019 Agenda - PDF Format (364 Kb)
- Year-at-a-Glance - PDF Format (527 Kb)

8:30 A.M. 13. 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.

9:00 A.M. 14. Whale Entanglements in the Coastal Dungeness Crab Fishery - Briefing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on whale entanglements in the coastal Dungeness crab fishery on the West Coast, WDFW discussions with co-managers, other agencies, and stakeholders, and discuss next steps.

- Summary - PDF Format (127 Kb)
- Revised Presentation - PDF Format (2 Mb)

Additional Information
- NOAA Fisheries Whale Entanglements Report - PDF Format (4 Mb)
- NOAA Fisheries 2017 Whale Entanglement Summary - PDF Format (5 Mb)
- Washington Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishing Best Practices Guide - PDF Format (231 Kb)
- Whale Entanglement Placard - PDF Format (51 Kb)

Staff Report: Michele Culver and Heather Reed, Intergovernmental Ocean Policy

10:00 A.M. 15. Update on Enforcement Program Activities - Briefing

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Chief Bear will provide an update on recruitment and retention efforts being made in the Enforcement Program

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

10:20 A.M. 16. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair - Decision

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Commissioners will select a new Chair and Vice-Chair.
10:20 A.M. 17. 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.
11:10 A.M. Adjourn

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