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Olympia, WA 98504-3200

Phone: 360-902-2267
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Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair

 

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February 8, 2018 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
February 8, 2018

Natural Resource Building
1111 Washington Street SE Olympia, WA 98501
First Floor – Room 172

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018

10:00 A.M. 1. Commission Workshop
Commission workshops are held to allow informal discussion among Commissioners and Department staff. The meeting is open to the public who wish to observe however, public input is generally not taken. Times on the agenda are approximate and the Commission may adjust the agenda to meet scheduling needs.
12:00 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M. 2. 2017-19 Proviso Update and Workshop
Department staff and Commissioners will discuss next steps for the development of the long-term revenue plan; including discussing the revenue target for 2019-21 biennium and discussing principles around pursuing new revenue proposals.

- Summary - PDF Format (175 Kb)
- State Fish & Wildlife Agency Research Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Draft Summary of Research on State Fish and Wildlife Agency Funding - PDF Format (884 Kb)
- Draft Long Term Funding Plan - PDF Format (775 Kb)
- Recreational Access Proviso - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Presentation - PDF Format (663 Kb)
- Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Fact Sheet - PDF Format (915 Kb)

Staff Report: Nate Pamplin, Policy Director

3:00 P.M. Recess regular meeting
3:15 P.M. Fish Committee meeting – Commissioners Carpenter, Graybill, Thorburn, Kehoe

Agenda topics
- Columbia River Policy Review – next steps
- Willapa Bay
- Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan and North of Falcon

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

8:30 A.M. 3. Call to Order
- Commissioners’ Discussion
- Meeting Minute Approval
- Committee Reports if available
9:00 A.M. 4. 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 A.M. 5. Director's Report
The Director will brief the Commission on various items including:

- Director's Report - PDF Format (490 Kb)
- Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan update [Removed from agenda]

10:30 A.M. Break
10:45 A.M. 6. Lands 20/20 Briefing
Department staff will provide a briefing on the Lands 20/20 process and will seek funding for projects approved through this process.

- Summary - PDF Format (620 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (2 Mb)

Staff Report: Julie Sandberg, Real Estate Manager and Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Division Manager

11:05 A.M. 7. Land Transactions – Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision
The Commission will consider approval of a land transaction recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat and for the enhancement of public recreation opportunities.

- Summary - PDF Format (2 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (4 Mb)

Staff Report: Julie Sandberg, Real Estate Section Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

11:15 A.M. 8. Calculation of Actual Costs of Producing Copies of Public Records - Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision
Department staff will brief the Commission on the new rule to address the legal permission to charge the public for requested copies of agency documents based on. This rule is required based on 2017 legislation.

- Summary - PDF Format (1 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (207 Kb)

Staff Report: Bill Falling, Intergovernmental and Scott Bird, Rules Coordinator

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

11:35 A.M. 9. Coastal Commercial Ocean Pink Shrimp LED Fishing Lights - Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will provide the Commission with a briefing on a proposal to amend WAC 222-340-500 to require the use of light emitting diode (LED) fishing lights on nets by vessels participating in the Washington coastal commercial ocean pink shrimp trawl fishery.

- Summary - PDF Format (948 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (4 Mb)

Staff Report:  Lorna Wargo, Coastal Marine Fish Science Manager and Dan Ayres, Coastal Shellfish Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

12:05 P.M. Lunch
1:05 P.M. 10. Lower Columbia River Sturgeon Population Annual Review Policy (C-3001) - Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will provide the Commission with an annual review briefing on lower Columbia River sturgeon, as stipulated in policy C-3001 and discuss plans for 2018 fisheries.

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

Staff Report: Laura Heironimus, Fish and Wildlife Biologist and Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Federal Policy Program Coordinator

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

2:05 P.M. 11. Clarifying the Limits of Keeping Salmon for Personal use during an Open Commercial Fishery - Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the need to adopt a permanent rule to clarify the limits around keeping salmon for personal use during an open commercial fishery.

- Summary - PDF Format (354 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (848 Kb)

Staff Report: Mike Cenci, Deputy Chief, Enforcement

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

2:35 P.M. 12. Grays Harbor Salmon Management Policy Review - Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will present an annual review to the Commission on the Grays Harbor Basin Salmon Management Policy (C-3621) as set within the adaptive management objectives of the policy.

- Summary - PDF Format (762 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (542 Kb)

Staff Report: Mike Scharpf, Fish and Wildlife Biologist

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

3:35 P.M. Break
3:45 P.M. 13. Executive Session
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) The Commission will meet in Executive Session to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency matters relating to agency enforcement actions, or to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency litigation or potential litigation to which the agency, the governing body, or a member acting in an official capacity is, or is likely to become, a party, when public knowledge regarding the discussion is likely to result in an adverse legal or financial consequence to the agency.

No action will be taken in executive session, and the public is not permitted to listen to the executive session.

5:00 P.M. Recess

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018

8:30 A.M. 14. 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 A.M. 15. Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy Review - Briefing and Public Hearing
The Department will provide an overview of the policy base assumptions used in the development of the Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy (C-3622), and seek clarification from the Commission on these assumptions. Staff will also review public comment anticipated to be received at a public workshop on January 23.

- Summary - PDF Format (821 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (861 Kb)

Staff Report: Chad Herring, Fish and Wildlife Biologist and Annette Hoffmann, Region 6 Fish Program Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

11:00 A.M. Break
11:15 A.M. 16. Mineral Prospecting - Briefing and Public Input
Department staff will provide a briefing on the various aspects of mineral prospecting.  The Commission will hear from panels (Trout Unlimited, Tribes, and small scale mineral prospectors), and will provide for general public comment.

- Summary - PDF Format (844 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (18 Kb)
- Suction Dredging Regulations Comparison - PDF Format (114 Kb)

Prospector’s Briefing Information

- Gold & Fish Literature 2007 - PDF Format (10 Mb)
- Gold & Fish Literature 1998 - PDF Format (3 Mb)
- In Support of Small Scale Mineral Prospecting - PDF Format ( 400 Kb)
- Washington Prospectors and Mining Association - PDF Format (145 Kb)

Staff Report: Jeff Davis, Assistant Director, Randi Thurston, Protection Division Manager, Pat Chapman, Environmental Planner, and Teresa Scott, Environmental Planner, Habitat Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

1:45 P.M. 17. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.

- Draft 2/16 agenda
- Draft 3/15-17 agenda
- Year-at-a glance

2:15 P.M. Adjourn


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

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