SENATE BILL 5014
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators Metcalf, Snyder, Oke, Thorsness, Rasmussen, Conner and Hansen
Read first time January 14, 1991. Referred to Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
AN ACT Relating to enhancement of recreational fishing for coho salmon; amending RCW 75.08.230; adding new sections to chapter 75.50 RCW; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature recognizes that there is a need to provide for greater fishing success for recreational salmon fishers. Coho salmon are a prime recreational salmon species that can be easily propagated with fish culture practices and that can be produced with a cost‑effective program. The legislature wishes to produce more coho salmon for recreational fisheries with the aid of regional fisheries enhancement groups and fund the program with revenues generated from surplus salmon carcass and egg sales.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 75.50 RCW to read as follows:
The director shall approve floating pen project applications from regional fisheries enhancement groups that meet the following criteria:
(1) Pens shall be located at existing piers, such as: Fishing piers, ferry docks, marinas, or other existing waterfront developments;
(2) Coho salmon eggs shall be provided by the department and shall be of suitable stock for the project region;
(3) Production of coho salmon smolts shall be contracted with private for‑profit aquaculture businesses;
(4) The department shall administer the contracting and set the standards for the coho smolts, as to quality and health specifications;
(5) Coho smolts are to be as large as practical when entering saltwater, and preferably shall be cared for in relatively warm spring or ground water to achieve maximum smolt size of .25 to .33 of a pound each;
(6) Pens may be located in any marine, brackish, or fresh waters of the state;
(7) Within available funding all regional enhancement groups shall be encouraged to participate;
(8) Coho reared in the pens shall not be released into marine or estuarine waters until small juvenile salmon, such as pink, chum, or chinook fry have cleared the area of the release site, generally in June, in order to minimize predation on other salmon species;
(9) Feeding of the salmon while in pens shall be conducted by volunteers as much as possible;
(10) Interpretive signs shall be placed on the project to inform people about the purpose and goals of the project;
(11) Experimental salmon food vending machines shall be tested to allow visitors to purchase food with coins and feed the pen‑reared salmon. Funds generated by this activity shall be used by the regional enhancement groups for the pen‑reared coho project;
(12) Pens shall be constructed with a maximum of donated materials, such as log floats, walkways, and netting;
(13) Each pen shall be adequately covered to prevent predation from birds, seals, otters, and other fish predators;
(14) The department shall fund the purchase of nets, floats, mooring lines, or other supplies necessary to operate the program, which shall be donated to the regional enhancement groups;
(15) Fish food shall be provided by the department and shall be the best quality to assure maximum success of the program; and
(16) Release size of the smolts from the pens into saltwater shall be as large as possible to assure maximum survival rates.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 75.50 RCW to read as follows:
The director shall evaluate the establishment of more liberal recreational coho bag limit rules in areas where coho will be predominantly originated from regional group pen culture projects.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. A new section is added to chapter 75.50 RCW to read as follows:
The legislature declares that the increase in coho salmon within the waters of the state is in the best interest of all of the people of the state, and that improvement of coho salmon resources is a state‑wide interest.
Salmon net pen sites established under section 2 of this act shall not be located in such a way as to alter the natural condition of the shorelines of the state. The director shall make certain that coho salmon pens are located adjacent to existing marine structures, such as ferry docks, marinas, fishing piers, or other existing waterfront developments.
The director shall work with the director of the department of ecology and local government entities to obtain the necessary permits for the coho salmon pens.
Sec. 5. RCW 75.08.230 and 1989 c 176 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Except as provided in this section, state and county officers receiving the following moneys shall deposit them in the state general fund:
(a) The sale of licenses required under this title;
(b) The sale of property seized or confiscated under this title;
(c) Fines and forfeitures collected under this title;
(d) The sale of real or personal property held for department purposes;
(e) Rentals or concessions of the department;
(f) Moneys received for damages to food fish, shellfish or department property; and
(2) The director shall make weekly remittances to the state treasurer of moneys collected by the department.
(3) All fines and forfeitures collected or assessed by a district court for a violation of this title or rule of the director shall be remitted as provided in chapter 3.62 RCW.
(4) Proceeds from the sale of food fish or shellfish taken in test fishing conducted by the department, to the extent that these proceeds exceed the estimates in the budget approved by the legislature, may be allocated as unanticipated receipts under RCW 43.79.270 to reimburse the department for unanticipated costs for test fishing operations in excess of the allowance in the budget approved by the legislature.
(5) Proceeds from the sale of salmon and salmon eggs by the department, to the extent these proceeds exceed estimates in the budget approved by the legislature, may be allocated as unanticipated receipts under RCW 43.79.270. Allocations under this subsection shall be made only for hatchery operations partially or wholly financed by sources other than state general revenues or for purposes of processing human consumable salmon for disposal.
(6) Proceeds from the sale of salmon and salmon eggs by the department not allocated as unanticipated receipts under this section shall be placed in the regional fisheries enhancement group account created in RCW 75.50.100 for the purposes of section 2 of this act.
(7) Moneys received by the director under RCW 75.08.045, to the extent these moneys exceed estimates in the budget approved by the legislature, may be allocated as unanticipated receipts under RCW 43.79.270. Allocations under this subsection shall be made only for the specific purpose for which the moneys were received, unless the moneys were received in settlement of a claim for damages to food fish or shellfish, in which case the moneys may be expended for the conservation of these resources.
(8) Proceeds from the sale of herring spawn on kelp permits by the
department, to the extent those proceeds exceed estimates in the budget
approved by the legislature, may be allocated as unanticipated receipts under
RCW 43.79.270. Allocations under this subsection shall be made only for
herring management, enhancement, and enforcement.