FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 98-135--Filed July 21, 1998, 9:08 a.m.]
Date of Adoption: July 20, 1998.
Purpose: Commercial fishing regulations.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-07100F; and amending WAC 220-52-071.
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 amounts of sea cucumbers are available in all districts and areas listed. The non-Indian share of sea cucumbers in Marine Fish Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 26D and 28A - 28D is expected to be taken in one and one half days. San Juan Channel and southwestern Haro Strait are closed consistent with state/tribal agreement. Titlow Beach Marine Preserve and Sund Rock Marine Preserve are closed to preserve the character of the Marine Preserves. Tatoosh Island closure is consistent with tribal agreements. Eagle Harbor and Sinclair Inlet are closed for health-related reasons. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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.
July 20, 1998
J. D. Brittell
for Bern Shanks
WAC 220-52-07100G Sea cucumbers Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-071, effective 6:00 a.m. July 21, 1998 until further notice, it is unlawful for non-treaty sea cucumber harvesters to take or possess sea cucumbers taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:
(1) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in Sea Cucumber District 1 (Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, and 23B), Sea Cucumber District 2 (Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 23A, 23C, 23D, 25A, 25B, 25C, 25D, 25E, and 29), and Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 26A, 26B, 26C, 27A, 27B, and 27C Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each week from 6:00 a.m. to one-half hour before official sunset of each day, except for closures as provided for in this section.
(2) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 26D, 28A, 28B, 28C, and 28D on Monday, July 20, 1998 from 6:00 a.m. to one-half hour before official sunset, and on Tuesday, July 21, 1998 from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. It is unlawful to dive for any purpose from a commercially-licensed fishing vessel after 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 21, 1998 in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 26D, 28A, 28B, 28C, and 28D, except vessels actively fishing geoducks under contract with the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
(3) The following areas are closed to the harvest of sea cucumbers at all times:
(a) Those waters of Haro Strait north of a line projected east-west one-half mile south of Eagle Point on San Juan Island and south of a line projected east-west one-quarter mile north of Lime Kiln Light on San Juan Island.
(b) Those waters of San Juan Channel and Upright Channel within the following lines: north of a line from Cattle Point on San Juan Island to Davis Point on Lopez Island, south of a line projected from Flat Point on Lopez Island true west to Shaw Island, west of a line from Neck Point on Shaw Island to Steep Point on Orcas Island, and south of a line from Steep Point on Orcas Island to Limestone Point on San Juan Island.
(c) Titlow Beach Marine Preserve - All waters due west from the southern end of the Tacoma Outboard Association building near the boat launch ramp to the outer harbor line, then south following the outer harbor line to a line due west from the old ferry landing dock at the 6th Ave. extension then following the line to the high water line then to the point of origin.
(d) Tatoosh Island - Those waters within one-quarter mile of Tatoosh Island.
(e) Sund Rock Marine Preserve - Waters within 100 yards of the salmon net pens near Sund Rock in Hood Canal.
(f) Edmonds Underwater Park - Those tidelands and waters bounded by the mean high tide line then along the projected line of Main St. west to the outer harbor line, then 250 feet north following the outer harbor line, then back to shore, then to the point of origin.
(g) The waters of Eagle Harbor west of a line projected from Wing Point to Eagle Harbor Creosote Light Number 1 then due west to the shore on Bainbridge Island.
(h) The waters of Sinclair Inlet west of a line projected southerly from the easternmost point of Point Turner to landfall below the Veteran's Home in Annapolis.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 6:00 a.m. July 21, 1998:
WAC 220-52-07100F Sea cucumbers (98-101)