FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: May 19, 1999.
Purpose: Personal use rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-619.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 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: Chain Lake contains a wild, self-sustaining kokanee stock. It may be a unique stock native to the Spokane River and related to historical sockeye stocks that have become extinct in the Columbia and Spokane rivers. Recent development of access to the lake has substantially increased angler effort and harvest this past winter. Continued harvest will threaten spawning escapement and the status of this stock. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules before the opening of the upper river on June 1st.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 1, 1999, 12:01 a.m.
May 19, 1999
for Jeff P. Koenings
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective June 1, 1999, until further notice it is unlawful to retain kokanee taken from those waters of the Little Spokane River (Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties) upstream from Spokane County Bridge Number 4901, approximately 1/10 mile northwest of Elk, including waters of Chain Lake.