WSR 99-15-068

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed July 19, 1999, 11:47 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Crab gear limitations.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 75.20.480, 75.08.080.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department has been instructed by the legislature to establish even-flow harvesting to accomplish long-term stability in the coastal crab industry. The department will propose pot limits to achieve this goal.

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 Phil Anderson, Interjurisdictional Resources Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2720, fax (360) 902-2182. Contact by September 3, 1999. Expected proposal filing September 22, 1999.

July 19, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office