WSR 99-10-059

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 3, 1999, 2:33 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial fishing rules.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is concerned with a decline in certain herring populations in Washington. Rules are needed to protect the remaining herring and assist in the rebuilding of herring stocks.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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, Fish Program Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, (360) 902-2325. Contact by June 22, 1999, expected proposal filing June 23, 1999.

May 3, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office