WSR 99-05-037

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 11, 1999, 1:12 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Personal use fishing rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 75.08.080, 77.12.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Annual rules for fishing for anadromous species are set through the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) and the North of Falcon (NoF) subgroup process. These rules allow harvest of available stocks with protection for stocks of concern.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: National Marine Fisheries Service is a participant in the PFMC and NoF negotiations.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bruce Crawford, Assistant Director, Fish Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2325. Contact by April 20, 1999. Expected proposal filing date April 21, 1999.

February 5, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office