FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: October 8, 1999.
Purpose: Commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-32-057.
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: This regulation adopts the tribal proposal to open the setline fishery in Catch Reporting Area 1H (John Day Reservoir) where harvestable numbers of sturgeon are available. This action is consistent with the state/tribal management plan concerning sturgeon fisheries between Bonneville and McNary dams. This regulation conforms state rules with tribal rules and is consistent with compact action of October 8, 1999. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 11, 1999, 6:00 a.m.
October 8, 1999
Jeff P. Koenings
by Larry Peck
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-32-057, effective 6:00 a.m. October 11, 1999 until further notice, it is unlawful for a person to take, fish for, or possess sturgeon taken for commercial purposes from Columbia River Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1F, 1G, and 1H, except those individuals possessing treaty fishing rights under the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce treaties may fish for sturgeon with set line gear under the following provisions:
1) 6:00 a.m. October 11, 1999 until further notice in Columbia River Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Area 1H (John Day Reservoir).
2) During the season specified in Section 1, it is unlawful to:
a) retain for commercial purposes sturgeon less than 48 inches or greater than 60 inches in length.
b) sell, barter, or attempt to sell or barter sturgeon eggs that have been removed from the body cavity of a sturgeon prior to sale of the sturgeon to a wholesale dealer licensed under chapter RCW 75.28, or to sell or barter sturgeon eggs at retail.
c) deliver to a wholesale dealer licensed under chapter RCW 75.28 any sturgeon that are not in the round with the head and tail intact.
3) During the season specified in Section 1, it is unlawful to use set line gear:
a) with more than 100 hooks per set line
b) with hooks less than the minimum size of 9/0
c) with treble hooks
d) without visible buoys attached and with buoys that do not specify operator and tribal identification.