WSR 03-05-003

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 03-13 -- Filed February 6, 2003, 12:02 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: February 5, 2003.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900Q; and 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: A large return of hatchery steelhead continues to be present in the Columbia and Snake river basins. Idaho and Oregon have liberalized their daily limits to three fish, and, in order to provide consistency and reduce angler confusion this rule will be extended until the spring closure dates for these rivers. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: Immediately.

February 5, 2003

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900F   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Grand Ronde River, Mill Creek, Snake River, Touchet River, Tucannon River and Walla Walla River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective immediately until the date specified, special daily limit of three hatchery steelhead in the following waters:

(1) Grande Ronde River (Asotin Co.) - Through April 15, 2003, from County Road Bridge (about 2 1/2 miles upstream from the mouth) to Washington/Oregon state boundary. (CLOSED WATERS - all tributaries closed to fishing effective November 1).

(2) Mill Creek (Walla Walla Co.) - Through April 15, 2003, from mouth to Roosevelt St. Bridge within city limits of Walla Walla. (CLOSED WATERS - from concrete channel at 9th Ave. Bridge to Roosevelt St. Bridge, within city limits of Walla Walla).

(3) Snake River - Through March 31, 2003, from the mouth upstream to the Washington/Oregon boundary.

(4) Touchet River (Columbia/Walla Walla Co.) - Through April 15, 2003, from mouth to the confluence of the North and South Forks. (CLOSED WATERS - all tributaries).

(5) Tucannon River (Columbia/Garfield Co.) - Through April 15, 2003, from mouth to Cummings Bridge. (CLOSED WATERS - all tributaries).

(6) Walla Walla River (Walla Walla Co.) - Through April 15, 2003, mainstem from the mouth up stream to the Washington/Oregon state boundary.

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Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:


WAC 232-28-61900Q Exceptions to statewide rules -- Grand Ronde River, Mill Creek, Snake River, Touchet River, Tucannon River and Walla Walla River. (02-253)

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed 12:01 a.m. April 16, 2003:


WAC 232-28-61900F Exceptions to statewide rules -- Grand Ronde River, Mill Creek, Snake River, Touchet River, Tucannon River and Walla Walla River.

Reviser's note: The typographical errors in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

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