WSR 99-20-028

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 99-169-- Filed September 28, 1999, 4:44 p.m. , effective October 1, 1999, 12:01 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: September 28, 1999.

Purpose: Personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-57-42500E; and amending WAC 220-57-425.

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: Too few pink salmon returned to the Skagit River this fall to meet the spawning escapement goal. For conservation of this run, it is necessary to protect them from harvest. Other provisions in this order have been agreed to by state and treaty tribal fish managers in the Pacific Fisheries Management Council/North of Falcon meetings held in the spring of this year. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

September 28, 1999

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-57-42500E
Skagit River.

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-57-425, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess salmon taken from the Skagit River except:

(1) From the mouth to the pipeline crossing at Sedro Woolley - open October 1 through December 31, 1999. Special daily limit of two salmon measuring not less than 12 inches in length. Chinook and pink salmon must be released immediately.

(2) From the pipeline crossing at Sedro Woolley to the Dalles Bridge at Concrete - open October 1 though November 30, 1999. Special daily limit of two salmon measuring not less than 12 inches in length. Chinook and pink salmon must be released immediately.

(3) From the Dalles Bridge at Concrete to the mouth of the Cascade River - open November 1 through December 31, 1999. Special daily limit of two chum salmon.

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REPEALER


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


WAC 220-57-42500E Skagit River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office