December 3-5, 2020 audio transcript

Fish and Wildlife Commission
December 3-5, 2020
*Via Zoom Webinar

8:00 AM

1.  Call to Order

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- Commissioner’s Discussion
- Meeting Minutes Approval
  - October 23-24, 2020 Draft Minutes
  - November 20, 2020 Draft Minutes
- Committee Reports

8:30 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.

9:30 AM

3. Director’s Report

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The Director will brief the Commission on various items, including an update on Covid-19 matters.

10:00 AM

4.  Land Transactions – Briefing, Public Comment, Decision

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The Commission will consider approval of land transactions recommended by the Department.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 

Staff Report:  Julie Sandberg, Real Estate Section Manager

 Public Comment – This Item Only

10:15 AM

5.  Spring Bear Hunting Seasons – Briefing, Public Hearing

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Staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 220-415-080 Spring black bear special permits.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 

Staff Report: Anis Aoude, WL Game Division Manager

 Public Hearing – This Item Only

11:15 AM

6. Commercial Whale Watching Briefing, Public Hearing

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Staff will brief the Commission on two options for a rule package regarding commercial whale watching of Southern Resident Killer Whales. The briefing will include an early analysis and presentation of comments received on the proposed options.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 

Staff Report: Dr. Julie Watson, Killer Whale Policy Lead

Public Hearing – This Item Only

12:45 PM

7.  Promoting Washington's Sustainable Seafood - Briefing

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Staff will brief the Commission on WDFW's management role and the resulting impact on locally harvested seafood.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 

Staff Report: Raquel Crosier, Special Assistant to the Director and Carrie McCausland, Director of Public Affairs

2:15 PM

(This item was moved to the January 29-30, 2021 meeting)

8. Blue Sheet: Pinniped Conservation and Management – Briefing

3:45 PM

9. WDFW Managed Nonlethal Pursuit Training Program– Briefing, Public Hearing

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Staff will brief the Commission on the proposed nonlethal pursuit pass program will help to ensure opportunity for handlers to keep dogs trained for quick and skilled action for public safety calls for service. This program will be monitored and administered through the enforcement program.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 

Staff Report: Rebecca Bennett, Community Outreach Liaison and Captain Jeff Wickersham, WDFW Enforcement

Public Hearing – This Item Only

5:00 PM - Recess

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - Regular Meeting (The Commission meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar.)

8:00 AM

10. 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 AM

11.  Hatchery Policy (C-3619) Review – Briefing, Public Comment

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The Commission will take public comment and consider next steps for the revised language to Policy C-3619.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 
- Fish Committee Recommendation

Staff Report: Ron Warren, Director of Fish Policy

Public Comment – This Item Only

10:00 AM

12.  Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy (C-3622) – Briefing, Public Comment

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Staff will brief the Commission on revisions to the Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy and seek guidance on next steps.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 

Staff Report: Ron Warren, Director of Fish Policy

Public Comment – This Item Only

11:00 AM

13. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief

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The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before, during, or after the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published and consider future agenda planning.

- Year at a Glance

11:15 AM

14. Executive Session

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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.

1:15 PM - Adjourn