WSR 97-13-048

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

(Fisheries)

[Order 97-105--Filed June 13, 1997, 4:03 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: June 13, 1997.

Purpose: Commercial fishing regulations.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-32-05700V and 220-32-05700W; and amending WAC 220-32-057.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.080.

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: Harvestable numbers of sturgeon are available and these rules are adopted to conform with regulations adopted by treaty tribes to harvest their allotment of available sturgeon.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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

June 13, 1997

Bern Shanks

Director

NEW SECTION

WAC 220-32-05700W Columbia River sturgeon seasons above Bonneville. (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-32-057, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful for a person to take sturgeon with set line gear or to possess sturgeon taken with set line gear for commercial purposes from Columbia River Salmon Management Catch Reporting Areas 1F, 1G, and 1H, except that those individuals possessing treaty fishing rights under the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla and Nez Perce treaties may fish for sturgeon in Columbia River Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Area 1H using set line gear effective:

Immediately through noon June 14, 1997;

noon June 16 through noon July 5, 1997.

(2) During the season specified in section 1, it is unlawful:

(a) To retain for commercial purposes sturgeon less than 48 inches or greater than 60 inches in length.

(b) To remove the head or tail from a sturgeon prior to its sale to a wholesale dealer licensed under RCW 75.28.300.

(c) To sell, barter, or attempt to sell or barter sturgeon eggs that have been removed from the body cavity of the sturgeon prior to the time the sturgeon is sold to a wholesale dealer licensed under RCW 75.28.300.

(d) To deliver to a wholesale dealer or fish buyer sturgeon that have been dressed (not in the round).

(3) During the season specified in section 1, it shall be unlawful to use set line gear:

(a) With more than 100 hooks per set line;

(b) With hooks less than the minimum size of 9/0;

(c) With treble hooks; or

(d) Without visible buoys attached and with buoys that do not specify operator and tribal identification.

(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-22-010, during the season specified in section 1:

(a) Area 1F (Bonneville Pool) includes those waters of the Columbia River upstream from the Bridge of Gods, and downstream from the west end of the 3 mile rapids.

(b) Area 1G includes those waters of the Columbia River upstream from a line drawn between a point one mile above the fishway exit on the Washington shore and a point one mile above the fishway exit on the Oregon shore, and downstream from Preacher's Eddy light below John day Dam.

(c) Area 1H includes those waters of the Columbia River upstream from a fishing boundary marker approximately one-half mile above the John day River, Oregon, to a fishing boundary marker on the Washington shore and downstream from a line at a right angle across the thread of the river one mile downstream from McNary Dam.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:

WAC 220-32-05700V Columbia River sturgeon seasons above Bonneville. (97-63)

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective noon July 5, 1997:

WAC 220-32-05700W Columbia River sturgeon seasons above Bonneville. (97-104)

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