WSR 99-12-074

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 99-70-- Filed May 27, 1999, 3:28 p.m. , effective June 1, 1999, 12:01 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: May 27, 1999.

Purpose: Personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500I; and amending WAC 220-56-255.

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: This rule is necessary to maintain consistency between state and federal regulations for halibut fishing. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 1, 1999, 12:01 a.m.

May 27, 1999

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500J
Halibut--Seasons--Daily limits.

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-235, effective 12:01 a.m. June 1, 1999 until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess halibut taken for personal use except as provided for in this section:

(1) Catch Record Card Area 1: Open until further notice. Minimum size 32 inches in length. The daily limit is the first halibut 32 inches in length or greater brought aboard the vessel.

(2) Catch Record Card Area 2:

(a) Waters south of the Queets River, north of 47N and east of 12440'W: Open until further notice.

(b) All other open waters in Area 2: Closed until further notice.

(3) Catch Record Card Area 3 and waters of Catch Record Card Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line: Open until further notice, except closed 12:01 a.m. each Sunday through 11:59 p.m. each Monday and in the closed waters of a rectangle defined by the following four corners: 4818'N, 12511'W; 4818'N, 12459'W; 4804'N, 12511'W; 4804'N, 12459'W

(4) Catch Record Card Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Catch Record Card Areas 5 through 13: Open May 27 through July 12, 1999, except closed 12:01 a.m. each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. each Wednesday.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 11:59 p.m. May 31, 1999:


WAC 220-56-25500IHalibut--Seasons--Daily limits. (99-63)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office