September 16-17, 2021 Agenda - Fish and Wildlife Commission

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
September 16-17, 2021
Via Zoom Webinar

PDF Agenda (PDF)


Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Committee Meetings

8:00 AM

Big Tent Committee Meeting – Commissioners McIsaac, Baker, Thorburn, Koontz
Location:  Zoom Link 

Agenda topics:

1:00 PM

Fish Committee Meeting – Commissioners Carpenter, McIsaac, Anderson, Baker
Location:  Zoom Link 

Friday, September 17, 2021 – Regular Meeting (The Commission meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar.)If you are interested in providing verbal public comment, please pre-register here.  The following pre-registration deadlines are in effect:

  • Pre-registration for the Open Public Input closes at 8 am Friday for Friday’s comment periods and at 8 am on Saturday for Saturday’s comment periods. Open Public Input is for comments on matters not found elsewhere on the agenda with separate public comment periods.
  • Registrants will be called upon (no more “raised hands” will be recognized) and have three minutes to speak.
  • All information entered into the form is subject to public disclosure.

Additional information on verbal and written comment can be found here.

To listen to the Commission meeting please access the meeting here, or by phone with the following phone numbers below.
1-253-215-8782 or 1-888-475-4499 (Toll Free) 

Then you will be prompted to enter the Webinar ID:  940-6032-4267

8:00 AM

1. Call to Order
Commissioner’s Discussion
Meeting Minutes Approval

Committee Reports

8:45 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.

9:45 AM

3. Director’s Report
The Director will brief the Commission on various items.

10:15 AM - Break

10:30 AM

4. Coastal Commercial Dungeness Crab Regulation Changes – Briefing, Public Hearing
Staff will brief the Commission on additional rule changes that build on and continue to support the entanglement risk reduction measures approved in 2020. In addition, rule changes are proposed to make electronic fish ticket reporting mandatory for several Puget Sound and Coastal shellfish fisheries.

- Summary Sheet (PDF)
- Presentation  (PDF)

Staff Report: Heather Hall, Intergovernmental Ocean Policy Manager and Aaron Dufault, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager

Public Hearing – This Item Only

11:30 AM

5. Importation of Dead Non-Resident Wildlife and Special Closures - Briefing, Public Hearing
Staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WACS 220-413-030 Importation and retention of dead nonresident wildlife and 220-413-180 Special closures and firearm restriction areas.

- Summary Sheet (PDF)
- Presentation  (PDF)

Staff Report: Brock Hoenes, Region 2 Director

Public Hearing – This Item Only

12:00 PM - Lunch

12:45 PM

6. Landscape Considerations and Solar Energy – Briefing, Public Comment
Staff will brief the Commission on industrial solar development statewide, with a focus on implications for shrubsteppe conservation.

- Summary Sheet (PDF)
- Presentation  (PDF)

Staff Report: Michael Garrity, Energy, Water, and Major Projects Division Manager, and Mike Ritter, Statewide Technical Lead

Public Comment – This Item Only

1:45 PM

7. History of FWC Policies vs Rules – Briefing
Staff will brief the Commission on the FWC legislative history and explain the differentiation of policy from rulemaking.

- Presentation (PDF)

Staff Report: Joe Panesko, Attorney General’s Office

2:30 PM

8. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief
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 (PDF)

2:45 PM

9. Executive Session
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110, the Commission will meet in Executive Session. No action will be taken, and the public is not permitted to attend.

4:45 PM - Adjourn