WSR 99-19-036

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed September 10, 1999, 4:47 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Salmon license 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 to receive federal funds as part of the United States-Canada settlement, which funds will be used to retire salmon licenses to reduce harvest potential. Additional state funding may be available to offer relief outside of Puget Sound.

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 Bruce Crawford, License Division Manager, 600 Capitol Way, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2453, by November 16, 1999, expected proposal filing January 5, 2000.

September 10, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office