FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: March 25, 2002.
Purpose: Amend personal use rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-619.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.
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: These rules are interim until permanent rules take effect May 1, 2002. The Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted permanent rules changing the fishing regulation for Columbia Park Pond to juvenile and disabled license holders only, with a five gamefish daily limit (all species combined) effective May 1, 2002. Early implementation of the regulation is needed to provide and protect additional fishing opportunity for juvenile and disabled anglers associated with scheduled early releases of hatchery catchable trout in April. Delaying trout releases until after the permanent rules take effect May 1 would deprive children and anglers of good fishing opportunity in April. April and May are the prime months for trout fishing in this shallow pond before water temperatures get too warm.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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:
Pilot Rule Making:
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Effective Date of Rule: April 1, 2002, 12:01 a.m.
March 25, 2002
For Jeff Koenings