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Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

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June 7-8, 2013 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

Preliminary Meeting Agenda
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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
June 7-8, 2013

Natural Resources Building - 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501
First Floor, Room 172

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

8:00 A.M. 1. Call to Order
  1. Commissioners’ Discussion
  2. Meeting Minute Approval
8:15 A.M. 2. Open Public Input
The Commission is a direct link between 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.

8:45 A.M. 3. Director’s Report
The Director will brief the Commission on various items, including:
  • Legislation/Budget Update
9:30 A.M.

4. Cabezon Sportfishing Regulations - Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision
Department staff will brief the Commission and ask for approval of the proposed Cabezon Sportfishing Regulations.

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (509 KB)

Staff Report:
Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
10:00 A.M.
BREAK
10:15 A.M. 5. Giant Pacific Octopus - Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will provide a briefing to the Commission on the draft recommendations and public comments received to date.

- Summary - PDF format (146 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (713 KB)

Staff Report:
Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
11:15 A.M. (ITEM 6 DEFERRED TO A LATER MEETING)
6. Instream Flows - Briefing

Department staff will brief the Commission on instream flows and the work being done by the Water Science Team.
12:00 P.M. Lunch Break
1:00 P.M. 7. Proposed Land Transaction - Decision
The Commission will consider approval of various land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, enhancement of public recreation opportunities, and responsible property management.

  • Proposed Conservation Easement on 487 acres in Okanogan County
  • Proposed Acquisition of 4 acres in Mason County
  • Proposed Renewal of Pipeline Right of Way in Grant County
  • Proposed Easement for a Hatchery in King County
  • Proposed Easement for a Fish Bypass Pipe in Yakima County
  • Proposed Correction to a Transaction in Okanogan County

- Summary - PDF format (8.1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (4.63 MB)

Staff Report:
Dan Budd, Real Estate Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
1:30 P.M. 8. Status of Southern Resident Killer Whales and Effects of Salmon Fisheries – Briefing
Department staff along with representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide the Commission with an overview of the key issues of concern regarding the status of Southern Resident Killer Whales and implications of the recently concluded science review of the effects of fisheries on prey availability

- Summary - PDF format (126 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (513 KB)

Staff Report:
Pat Pattillo, Special Assistant to the Director
Larry Rutter, Sr. Policy Assistant, Salmon Management Division, Northwest Region of NOAA Fisheries Service
Lynne Barre, Branch Chief, Protected Resources Division, Northwest Region of NOAA Fisheries Service

2:15 P.M. 9. Colockum Elk Herd Status and Management - Briefing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the Colockum Elk Herd.

- Summary - PDF format (120 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (5.36 MB)

Staff Report:
Ted Clausing, Region 3 Wildlife Program Manager

3:05
P.M.
10. Wildlife Rehabilitation Regulations – Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission and hold a public hearing on proposed rule amendments and new WAC sections to split apart the wildlife rehabilitation rule and provide additional detail and direction for wildlife rehabilitators

- Summary - PDF format (97 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.67 KB)

Staff Report:
Tricia Thompson, Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator
Andrew Carlson, Oiled Wildlife Rescue Coordinator
Joanna Eide, Administrative Regulations Analyst

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
3:50 P.M.
BREAK
4:05
P.M.
11. Commercial Sea Cucumbers/Sea Urchins Buy-Back Program - Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the commercial license buy-back program for the sea cucumber and sea urchin fishery and the recommendation to increase the maximum bid prices for permits.

- Summary - PDF format (62 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (390 KB)

Staff Report:
Rich Childers, Shellfish Policy Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
4:35
P.M.
(ITEM 12 DEFERRED TO A LATER MEETING)
12. New WILD System Overview and Project Timeline - Briefing

Department staff will update the Commission on the new WILD System.
5:05 P.M. RECESS

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013

8:30 A.M. 13. Hoof Disease in Southwest Washington Elk Populations - Briefing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the hoof rot problem in Southwest Washington.

- Summary - PDF format (75 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (4.3 MB)

Staff Report:
Nate Pamplin, Assistant Director, Wildlife Program
Kristin Mansfield, Veterinarian, Wildlife Program

9:10 A.M. 14. Open Public Input
The Commission is a direct link between 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.

9:40 A.M.
BREAK
9:55 A.M. 15. Executive Session
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), the Commission will meet in executive session to review the performance of a public employee. No action will be taken in executive session, and the public is not permitted to listen to the executive session.

10:55 A.M. 16. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.

  • Commission Budget
  • Vice-chair
11:15 A.M. ADJOURN

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Phone (360) 902-2267
Email: commission@dfw.wa.gov