WSR 99-19-019

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed September 7, 1999, 2:37 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: 2000 buy back program.

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 expects there to be funds available for a salmon license buy back program to reduce the take of threatened and endangered salmon ESUs. Administration of this program will require rules and standards.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: National Marine Fisheries Service. The department will coordinate with NMFS through advance rule planning, review of all proposals, attendance at any public meetings or hearings, and review of public comments prior to adoption of the rules.

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 Brian Edie, Special Projects Manager, 600 Capitol Way, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2704, by January 19, 2000, expected proposal filing February 16, 2000.

September 7, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office