WSR 99-17-068

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 99-126-- Filed August 13, 1999, 2:02 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: August 7, 1999.

Purpose: To allow codified commercial sea cucumber harvest seasons to be set by emergency rule.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-52-071.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.080.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-13-118 on June 16, 1999.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: Thirty-one days after filing.

August 13, 1999

Debbie Nelson

for Kelly White, Chairman

Fish and Wildlife Commission

OTS-3206.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 94-23, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94)

WAC 220-52-071
Sea cucumbers.

It is unlawful to take or possess sea cucumbers taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section.

(1) Sea cucumber districts:

(a) Sea Cucumber District 1 is defined as those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, and 23B outside of the following closed areas:

(i) San Juan Channel and Upright Channel within the following lines: North of a line from Cattle Point on San Juan Island to Davis Point on Lopez Island and south of a line projected from Flat Point on Lopez Island true west to Shaw Island; west of a line from Neck Point on Shaw Island to Steep Point on Orcas Island; south of a line from Steep Point on Orcas Island to Limestone Point on San Juan Island.

(ii) Haro Strait north of a line projected east-west one-half mile south of Eagle Point on San Juan Island and south of a line projected east-west one-quarter mile north of Lime Kiln Light on San Juan Island.

(iii) Within one-quarter mile of Green Point on Spieden Island.

(iv) Within one-quarter mile of Gull Reef, located between Spieden Island and Johns Island.

(b) Sea Cucumber District 2 is defined as those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 23A, 23C, 23D, 25A, 25B, 25C, 25D, 25E, 29 and those waters west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line, Pacific Ocean waters, Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, and the waters at the mouth of the Columbia River west of the Buoy 10 Line.

(c) Sea Cucumber District 3 is defined as those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 26A, 26B, 26C, and 26D.

(d) Sea Cucumber District 4 is defined as those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 27A, 27B, 27C, 28A, 28B, 28C, and 28D.

(2) Sea cucumber areas and seasons:

(((a) District 1 open May 1 through October 31, 1991.

(b) District 2 open May 1 through October 31, 1992.

(c) District 3 open May 1 through October 31, 1993, except:

(i) Marine Fish Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 26C is closed to the harvest of sea cucumbers after August 31, 1993.

(ii) The waters of Eagle Harbor west of a line projected from Wing Point to Eagle Harbor Creosote Light Number 1 then due west to the shore on Bainbridge Island are closed to the harvest of sea cucumbers at all times.

(iii) The waters of Sinclair Inlet west of a line projected southerly from the easternmost point of Point Turner to landfall below the Veteran's Home in Annapolis are closed to the harvest of sea cucumbers at all times.

(d) District 4 open May 1 through October 31, 1994.

(e) Other areas and times as authorized by permit issued by the director.

(f) During the seasons provided for in this subsection, harvest is restricted to Monday through Wednesday May 1 through May 14, Monday through Thursday May 15 through June 30, and Monday through Friday thereafter.  Divers may not take sea cucumbers from one-half hour before official sunset to official sunrise or 6:00 a.m., whichever is later.)) Sea cucumber areas and seasons will be set by emergency rule.

(3) Shellfish diver gear:

(a) Divers operating from a vessel must have a number assigned by the department placed on both sides and the top of the vessel in such a manner that the number is clearly visible when the vessel is viewed from either side or from the air, and the letters must be black on white no less than eighteen inches in height and of proportional width.

(b) Only one diver from each harvesting vessel is allowed in the water at any one time during the sea cucumber harvest operation or when commercial quantities of sea cucumbers are aboard.

(c) Divers may not fish for or possess geoduck clams during commercial sea cucumber harvesting operations, or possess geoduck clams on a vessel that has sea cucumbers on board.

(d) Licensing: A sea cucumber dive fishery license is the license required to operate the gear provided for in this section.

(4) Trawl gear:

It is unlawful to fish for or possess sea cucumbers taken with trawl gear.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080.  94-12-009 (Order 94-23), 220-52-071, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94; 93-15-051, 220-52-071, filed 7/14/93, effective 8/14/93; 91-18-030 (Order 91-73), 220-52-071, filed 8/28/91, effective 9/28/91; 91-10-024 (Order 91-22), 220-52-071, filed 4/23/91, effective 5/24/91; 87-23-006 (Order 87-187), 220-52-071, filed 11/6/87; 87-15-022 (Order 87-69), 220-52-071, filed 7/8/87; 87-02-013 (Order 86-199), 220-52-071, filed 12/30/86; 81-11-006 (Order 81-31), 220-52-071, filed 5/11/81; 79-02-053 (Order 79-6), 220-52-071, filed 1/30/79; Order 77-145, 220-52-071, filed 12/13/77; Order 77-65, 220-52-071, filed 8/5/77; Order 1105, 220-52-071, filed 12/28/73; Order 990, 220-52-071, filed 5/11/72.]