WSR 97-09-068

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

(Fisheries)

(Wildlife)

[Filed April 21, 1997, 4:59 p.m., effective May 1, 1997]

Date of Adoption: April 12, 1997.

Purpose: Personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-191, 220-56-195, 232-28-619, 220-57-140, 220-57-270, 220-57-377, 220-57-155, 220-57-385, and 220-57-460.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.080 and 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: To adopt sportfish rules resulting from 1997 North of Falcon agreements to become effective May 1, 1997, and to provide timely rule information consistent with rule information contained in the 1997-1998 sportfish pamphlet scheduled to be available May 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 9, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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: May 1, 1997.

April 18, 1997

Lisa Pelly, Chairperson

Fish and Wildlife Commission

NEW SECTION

WAC 220-56-19100V Puget Sound salmon--Saltwater seasons and daily limits. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-191, the following rules apply until further notice:

Catch Record Card Areas 5 and 6:

(a) Special daily limit of 2 salmon April 16 through June 30 and all coho salmon must be released. During the period April 16 through June 15 all chinook salmon greater than 30 inches in length must be released.

(b) July 1 through July 31 - Closed.

Catch Record Area 7:

(a) May 1 through July 31 - Special daily limit of 2 salmon. During the period April 16 through June 15 all chinook salmon greater than 30 inches in length must be released.

Catch Record Card Area 8.2:

(a) May 1 through May 31 - Special daily limit of 2 salmon.

Catch Record Card Area 9:

(a) May 1 through June 30 - Special daily limit of 2 salmon.

Catch Record Card Area 10:

(a) Until further notice - Special daily limit of 2 salmon.

Catch Record Card Area 12:

(a) May 1 through July 15 - Special daily of 2 salmon.

All other provisions of WAC 220-56-191 remain in effect and unchanged.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 220-56-19500B Closed areas--Saltwater salmon angling. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-195, the following rules apply until further notice:

The following areas shall be closed to salmon angling during the times indicated:

(1) Carr Inlet:

(a) Those waters north of a line from Green Point to Penrose Point are closed to salmon angling from April 16 through July 31.

(b) Those waters of Carr Inlet within 1,000 feet of the outer oyster stakes at the mouth of Minter Creek are closed to salmon angling April 16 until further notice.

All other provisions of WAC 220-56-195 remain in effect and unchanged, except for Carr Inlet as shown above.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 220-57-14000R Chehalis River. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-140, the following rules apply until further notice:

Daily Limit A - May 16 through July 15 - from the mouth to the high bridge on the Weyerhaeuser 1000 line approximately 400 yards downstream of Roger Creek.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 220-57-15500B Clearwater River (Jefferson County). Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-155, the following rules apply until further notice:

From the mouth to the Snahapish River: Daily Limit A, except release all coho - June 1 until further notice.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 220-57-27000C Hoh River. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-270, the following rules apply until further notice:

(1) Daily Limit C - May 16 through August 31: Downstream from the mouth of the south fork Hoh to the Morgan's Crossing boat launch, including Olympic National Park.

(2) Daily Limit A - except release adult coho salmon - May 16 until further notice: From the mouth to the Highway 101 Bridge and single-pointed barbless hooks are required.

(3) Daily Limit A - May 16 through August 31: From the Highway 101 Bridge to Morgan's Crossing boat launch.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 220-57-37700A Queets River. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-377, the following rules apply until further notice:

Daily Limit A, except release all coho - June 1 until further notice.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 220-57-38500Z Quillayute River. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-385, the following rules apply until further notice:

From the mouth to the confluence of the Sol Duc and Bogachiel Rivers, including Olympic National Park waters: Daily Limit A except release coho salmon - May 1 until further notice and single-pointed barbless hooks required.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 220-57-46000D Sol Duc River. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-460, the following rules apply until further notice:

From the mouth to the concrete pump station at the Sol Duc Hatchery: Daily Limit A except release coho salmon - May 1 until further notice and single-pointed barbless hooks required.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 232-28-61900I Washington game fish--Exceptions to state-wide rules. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, the following rules apply until further notice:

1. Gray Wolf River, from confluence with the Dungeness River to bridge at River Mile One: Closed waters.

Upstream from the bridge at River Mile One: Trout, minimum length fourteen inches. Selective fishery regulations.

2. Dungeness River (Clallam County): From forks at Dungeness Forks Campground to Gold Creek: Closed waters.

All other provisions of WAC 232-28-619 remain in effect and unchanged.

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