WSR 97-07-056

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

(Wildlife)

[Order 97-57--Filed March 18, 1997, 10:25 a.m., effective March 18, 1997, 12:01 a.m.]

Date of Adoption: March 17, 1997.

Purpose: Personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900G; and amending WAC 232-28-619.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.040.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: As of the week ending March 7, 1997, only eight wild steelhead had returned to the White River Trap at Buckley. Historically, at least ten percent of the total White River wild steelhead return has been trapped by that date. If that relationship holds true this year, the 1997 White River wild steelhead return will be the lowest on record. The proposed closure will protect wild White River steelhead migrating through the lower mainstem Puyallup River and into the White River.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: March 18, 1997, 12:01 a.m.

March 17, 1997

Dirk Brazil

for Bern Shanks

Director

NEW SECTION

WAC 232-28-61900G 1997 Washington game fish seasons and catch limits-Regional regulations exceptions--Puyallup River. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective 12:01 a.m. March 18, 1997, the following regulation applies:

Puyallup River - From the mouth upstream to the East Main Avenue Bridge in Puyallup: Closed to fishing 12:01 a.m. March 18, 1997 through 11:59 p.m. March 31, 1997.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 11:59 p.m. March 31, 1997:

WAC 232-28-61900G 1997 Washington game fish seasons and catch limits--Regional regulation exceptions--Puyallup River.

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