February 25-27, 2021 audio transcript

Fish and Wildlife Commission
February 25-27, 2021

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 – Committee Meetings

8:00 AM

Wildlife Committee Meeting – Commissioners Thorburn, Baker, Anderson, Linville

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Location:  Zoom Link (https://zoom.us/j/96265851447)

Agenda topics:
- Proposed CR-102, and season setting 3-year package preview highlights
- General discussion – current events

10:00 AM

Habitat Committee Meeting – Commissioner Baker

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Location:  Zoom Link (https://zoom.us/j/95199008659)

Agenda topics:
- Fish Passage Rulemaking update
- Mid-session update on habitat related legislation
- Preview of the shrub steppe video (~15 minutes)

3:00 PM

Big Tent Committee Meeting – Commissioners Baker, Thorburn, McIsaac

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Location:  Zoom Link (https://zoom.us/j/97794037328)

Agenda topics:
- Strategic plan update
- Science/policy
- Commission conservation policy
- Mission statement 

Friday, February 26, 2021 – Regular Meeting (The Commission meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar.)
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8:00 AM

1. Call to Order

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Commissioner’s Discussion
Meeting Minutes Approval
- January 28-30, 2021 Draft Minutes
- February 12, 2021 Draft Minutes
Committee Report

8:45 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.

9:45 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.

10:15 AM

4. Scatter Creek Wildlife Area – Briefing

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Staff will provide a briefing on the new director approved wildlife area management plan.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 
- Management Plan

Staff Report: Cynthia Wilkerson, Wildlife Program Lands Division Manager; Lauri Vigue, Wildlife Area Planner and Darric Lowery, Wildlife Area Manager

12:30 PM

6. Coastal Commercial Dungeness Crab Whale Entanglement and Conservation Plan Development – Briefing, Public Comment

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Staff will brief the Commission on the progress of the conservation plan development and next steps.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 

Staff Report: Heather Hall, Intergovernmental Ocean Policy Coordinator

 Public Comment – This Item Only

1:30 PM

7. Office of the Attorney General Training

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3:00 PM

8. 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.

5:00 PM - Recess

Saturday, February 27, 2021 – Regular Meeting (The Commission meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar.)
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8:00 AM

9. 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

10.  Willapa Bay Policy (C-3622) Review – Briefing, Public Comment

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The Commission will receive an annual briefing on Willapa Bay Policy C-3622 from Department staff including performance of salmon fisheries within Willapa Bay. The Commission will consider interim policy guidance for the 2021 fisheries.

- Summary Sheet
- Presentation 

Staff Report: Ron Warren, Director of Fish Policy, and Marlene Wagner, South Coast Policy Lead

Public Comment – This Item Only

10:10 AM

11. 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

10:25 AM

12. 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.

12:25 PM - Adjourn