WSR 03-05-059

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 03-32 -- Filed February 18, 2003, 10:44 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: February 7, 2003.

Purpose: Adopt direct retail sales rules and amend wholesale dealer and fisher selling at retail rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-69-240 and 220-69-241.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 02-21-115 on October 22, 2002.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: WAC 220-20-080, after first sentence in subsection (2), add, "except if the salmon or crab are being offered for sale directly off the catcher vessel, the fisher may complete the ticket with an estimated number or weight. At the completion of the retail activity, the fisher who has completed a ticket with an estimated number or weight is required to enter the actual number and weight of salmon or crab that were sold at retail." In the third sentence in subsection (2) delete all beginning with, "price at which..." and replace with, "actual sale price of the salmon or crab." In subsection (5) change "forty-eight" to "twenty-four," and after "food service establishment" add, ", except if the temporary food service establishment is in a county that did not issue the health certification letter, forty-eight hour notice is required." Insert a new subsection (7), "Each fisher offering salmon or crab for retail sale must maintain a sequentially numbered receipt book, which receipt book contains a receipt duplicate copy, and must give each purchaser of salmon or crab a receipt showing the number, weight and value of salmon or crab sold to that purchaser. The duplicate receipts must be retained by the seller for one year." Renumber accordingly. To renumbered subsection (9) add, "(8)."

WAC 220-69-241, amend consistent with the above.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: Thirty-one days after filing.

February 14, 2003

Susan Yeager

for Will Roehl, Chair

Fish and Wildlife Commission

OTS-5758.3


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-20-080   Sale under a direct retail endorsement.   It is unlawful for any fisher selling salmon or Dungeness crab taken by that fisher under a direct retail endorsement, or for a wholesale dealer accepting salmon or crab from such a fisher, to fail to comply with the requirements of this section.

(1) A direct retail endorsement will not be issued to a licensee who is other than a natural person and, after 2002, will only be issued upon renewal of a qualifying license. Applicants for the endorsement must present a letter from the county health department of the fisher's county of residence certifying that the methods used by the fisher for transport, storage and display of product meet the county and statewide standards for food service operations. If the fisher is landing product from a documented vessel, the letter may be from the county health department of the hailing port of the vessel. Additionally, applicants must present a valid food and beverage service worker's permit at the time of application, and pay the direct retail administrative cost of fifty dollars. The health department letter, permit, and administrative cost are required for each application or renewal for a direct retail endorsement.

(2) Any fisher who offers salmon or crab for retail sale must complete a fish receiving ticket for all salmon or crab aboard the harvesting vessel before the product is offered for retail sale, except if the salmon or crab are being offered for sale directly off the catcher vessel, the fisher may complete the ticket with an estimated number or weight. At the completion of the retail activity, the fisher who has completed a ticket with an estimated number or weight is required to enter the actual number and weight of salmon or crab that were sold at retail. The price shown on the fish receiving ticket must be the actual sale price of the salmon or crab.

(3) Any fisher selling salmon or crab at retail, which salmon or crab are taken from an area under the quick reporting requirements of WAC 220-69-240, is required to comply with the quick reporting requirement.

(4) Salmon and crab offered for retail sale must be landed in the round. Salmon may not be cleaned or headed until the fish ticket documenting the landing is completed.

(5) In order to allow inspection and sampling, each fisher offering salmon or crab for retail sale must notify the department twenty-four hours prior to sale and identify the location of the fisher's temporary food service establishment except if the temporary food service establishment is in a county that did not issue the health certification letter, forty-eight hour notice is required. The only acceptable notification is by telephone to 360-902-2936, FAX to 902-2155, or e-mail to enforcement-web@dfw.wa.gov.

(6) Salmon or Dungeness crab sold under a retail sale endorsement may only be sold to a consumer. Sale is not allowed to any person who will resell the product, such as a restaurant. Dungeness crab must be sold uncooked.

(7) Each fisher offering salmon or crab for retail sale must maintain a sequentially numbered receipt book, which receipt book contains a receipt duplicate copy, and must give each purchaser of salmon or crab a receipt showing the number, weight and value of salmon or crab sold to that purchaser. The duplicate receipts must be retained by the seller for one year.

(8) If salmon or crab offered for retail sale and documented on a fish receiving ticket are subsequently sold to a licensed wholesale dealer, the sale must be documented by a sale receipt, not a fish receiving ticket, and it is the responsibility of the wholesale dealer to maintain the product separately, until the product is resold or processed.

(9) Violations of subsections (2), (3), (7), and (8) of this section are punishable under RCW 77.15.640.

(10) Violations of subsections (4), (5), and (6) of this section are punishable under RCW 77.15.540.

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OTS-5751.5


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 01-32, filed 3/13/01, effective 4/13/01)

WAC 220-69-240   Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers.   (1) Every person originally receiving or purchasing fresh or iced food fish or shellfish or parts thereof, or frozen food fish or shellfish or parts thereof that have not been previously landed in another state, territory, or country from ((fishermen)) fishers, firms, or individuals, ((regardless of whether or not the receiver or purchaser holds a license as)) except purchases or receipts made by individuals or consumers at retail, is required ((under Title 77 RCW)) to be a licensed wholesale fish dealer or fish buyer, and must immediately, completely, accurately, and legibly prepare the appropriate state of Washington fish receiving ticket regarding each and every purchase or receipt of such commodities. Except, preparation of a fish receiving ticket is not required for fish or shellfish purchased from a fisher who holds either a wholesale dealer's license or a direct retail endorsement and who has previously completed a fish receiving ticket because product was offered for sale to someone other than a licensed wholesale dealer. Purchases from such persons by wholesale fish dealers must be documented by sales receipts or invoices, and the product received must be maintained separately until the product is resold or processed.

(2) Any employee of a licensed wholesale dealer who has authorization to receive or purchase fish or shellfish for that dealer on the premises of the primary business address or any of its branch plant locations shall be authorized to initiate and sign fish receiving tickets on behalf of his employer. The business or firm shall be responsible for the accuracy and legibility of all such documents initiated in its name. Each delivery must be recorded on a separate state of Washington fish receiving ticket.

(((2))) (3) State of Washington fish receiving tickets are required for:

(a) Fresh food fish and shellfish landed in the state of Washington including fish or shellfish not purchased, which fish shall be recorded as weigh back or take home fish or shellfish.

(b) Fresh food fish and shellfish previously landed in another state, territory, or country and shipped or transported into the state of Washington to an original receiver.

(c) Frozen food fish or shellfish not previously landed in another state, territory, or country and shipped or transported into the state of Washington to an original receiver.

(((3))) (4) State of Washington fish receiving tickets are not required for:

(a) ((Purchases or receipts made by individuals or consumers at retail.

(b))) Purchases or receipts from any person possessing a valid Washington wholesale dealer's license or direct retail endorsement except that a wholesale dealer purchasing fish from a commercial ((fisherman or shellfish gatherer)) fisher shall complete the appropriate fish receiving ticket ((regardless of whether the commercial fisherman or shellfish gatherer possesses a wholesale dealer's license)) if the fisher has not previously completed a fish receiving ticket. It is the purchaser's responsibility to obtain the name, address, and Washington wholesale dealer's license or direct retail endorsement number, together with such sales receipt documents or information as may be required, to show the deliverer's name, quantity of fish, and date of the transaction and retain these with the food fish or shellfish.

(((c))) (b) Fresh or frozen food fish or shellfish that are in transit through the state of Washington, if no storage, handling, processing, or repackaging occurs within the state.

(((d))) (c) Private sector cultured aquatic products.

(((4) Fishermen, fishermen-wholesalers)) (d) Processed fish or shellfish.

(5) Fishers, fisher-wholesalers, and wholesalers shall determine the weight of baitfish contained in an average and normal brail and multiply the number of such brailers of baitfish by this weight factor and report such baitfish in both dozens and total weight: Provided, That it is lawful for such ((fishermen, fishermen-wholesalers)) fishers, fisher-wholesalers, and wholesalers, when receiving herring, candlefish, anchovy, or pilchards for bait purposes, to delay completing that portion of the fish receiving ticket which indicates number of herring received, only if the herring, candlefish, anchovy, or pilchards are sold individually or counted as dozens. Such counts must be entered on the fish tickets immediately. An estimate of herring, candlefish, anchovy, or pilchards caught but not sold due to mortality must be included on the fish ticket as "loss estimate."

(((5))) (6) It is lawful for an original receiver, when receiving purse seine-caught herring taken from Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, and 21B during the period April 16 through May 31, to delay completing that portion of the fish receiving ticket which indicates the weight of herring received only until the herring are off-loaded from the original receiver's vessel. The herring must then be weighed and the weight immediately entered in the appropriate space on the ticket. A separate state of Washington fish receiving ticket must be initiated at the time of each individual receipt of herring from the purse seine catching vessel.

(((6))) (7) The original receiver of herring taken from Puget Sound Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, and 21B, during the period April 16 through May 31 must report each calendar day's receipts by noon of the following day to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, LaConner, Washington; telephone (360) 466-4345 ext. 243.

(((7))) (8) It is unlawful for any person receiving or purchasing geoducks from ((fishermen)) fishers, firms, or individuals, regardless of whether or not the purchaser or receiver holds a license as required under Title 77 RCW, to fail to accurately and legibly complete the fish receiving ticket initiated on the harvest tract immediately upon the actual landing of geoducks from the harvesting vessel onto the shore. This fish receiving ticket shall accompany the harvested geoducks from the department of natural resources harvest tract to the point of landing.

(((8))) (9) It is unlawful for the original receiver of Pacific whiting to fail to enter an estimated weight of Pacific whiting on the fish receiving ticket immediately upon completion of the landing. The exact weights of whiting, by grade, and all incidental species in the landing must be entered on the fish receiving ticket within twenty-four hours of the landing.

(((9))) (10) It is unlawful for the original receiver of shrimp other than ghost shrimp taken from Puget Sound to fail to report to the department the previous day's purchases by 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Such report must be by telephone call to the Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory or by facsimile transmission (FAX) to the Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory. All reports must specify the total number of pounds caught by gear type, Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area, and species. The fish receiving ticket reporting requirement of WAC 220-69-240 remains in effect.

(((10))) (11) It is unlawful for the original receiver to fail to initiate the completion of the fish receiving ticket immediately upon receipt of any portion of a commercial catch. Should the unloading of a catch take more than one day, the date that the unloading is completed shall be entered on the fish receiving ticket as the date of landing. If, for any purpose, the vessel leaves the unloading site, the original receiver must immediately enter the current date on the fish receiving ticket.

(((11))) (12) During any fishery opening designated by rule as "quick reporting required," it is unlawful for any wholesale dealer acting in the capacity of an original receiver to fail to report a summary of all purchases of salmon and sturgeon made on the previous calendar day, or for a direct retail endorsement holder to fail to report a summary of all salmon offered for retail sale on the previous calendar day. The summary must include dealer name and purchasing location, date of purchase, list of fish ticket numbers used on the purchasing date, and the following summary catch data for each species purchased: Gear, catch area, species, number and total weight of fish. When quick reporting is required, it is unlawful to fail to comply with the following reporting requirements:

(a) Puget Sound summary reports must be reported by 10:00 a.m. on the day after the purchase date by either:

(i) FAX transmission to (360) 902-2949

(ii) E-mail to psfishtickets@dfw.wa.gov or

(iii) Telephone to 1-866-791-1279

(b) Coastal troll summary reports must be reported by 10:00 a.m. on the day after the purchase date by either:

(i) FAX transmission to (360) 902-2949

(ii) E-mail to trollfishtickets@dfw.wa.gov or

(iii) Telephone to 1-866-791-1279

(c) Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay summary reports must be reported by 10:00 a.m. on the day after the purchase date by either:

(i) FAX transmission to (360) 664-0689

(ii) E-mail to harborfishtickets@dfw.wa.gov or

(iii) Telephone to 1-866-791-1280

(d) Columbia River summary reports must be reported by 10:00 a.m. on the day after the purchase date by either:

(i) FAX transmission to (360) 906-6776 or (360) 906-6777

(ii) E-mail to crfishtickets@dfw.wa.gov or

(iii) Telephone to 1-866-791-1281

(((12))) (13) It is unlawful for any wholesale dealer acting in the capacity of an original receiver and receiving sea urchins or sea cucumbers from nontreaty fishers to fail to report to the department each day's purchases by 10:00 a.m. the following day. For red sea urchins the report must specify the number of pounds received from each sea urchin district. For green sea urchins and sea cucumbers the report must specify the number of pounds received from each Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area. The report must be made by facsimile (FAX) transmission to (360) 586-8408 or by telephone to (360) 796-4601, extension 500. Additionally, it is unlawful for the original receiver of red sea urchins to fail to record on the fish receiving ticket the sea urchin district where the red sea urchins were taken, and it is unlawful for the original receiver of any sea urchins to fail to record on the fish receiving ticket the name of the port of landing where the sea urchins were landed ashore.

(14) It is unlawful for any original receiver of crab to fail to record all crab aboard the vessel making the delivery to the original receiver. The poundage of any crab deemed to be unmarketable, discards, or weigh backs must be shown on the fish receiving ticket, but a zero dollar value may be entered for such crab.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 01-07-015 (Order 01-32), 220-69-240, filed 3/13/01, effective 4/13/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 00-01-145 (Order 99-221), 220-69-240, filed 12/20/99, effective 1/20/00; 97-08-052 (Order 97-55), 220-69-240, filed 3/31/97, effective 5/1/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 75.58.040. 86-19-043 (Order 86-102), 220-69-240, filed 9/12/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 85-11-020 (Order 85-43), 220-69-240, filed 5/10/85; 83-24-049 (Order 83-203), 220-69-240, filed 12/2/83; 82-17-040 (Order 82-105), 220-69-240, filed 8/13/82; 81-11-006 (Order 81-31), 220-69-240, filed 5/11/81; Order 77-14, 220-69-240, filed 4/15/77; Order 76-153, 220-69-240, filed 12/17/76.]

OTS-5752.4


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 99-221, filed 12/20/99, effective 1/20/00)

WAC 220-69-241   Duties of commercial ((fisherman)) fishers.   (1) Every ((fisherman)) fisher selling ((his)) food fish or shellfish to the consumer, restaurant, boathouse, or other retail outlet, and every ((fisherman)) fisher who places, or attempts to place, into inter-state commerce any food fish or shellfish previously landed in this state, or caught, or harvested from the territorial waters of this state, is required to((:

(a))) possess a valid wholesale dealer's license or a direct retail endorsement. Such fishers must immediately, completely, accurately, and legibly prepare the appropriate state of Washington fish receiving ticket in ((his)) their own name for each ((retail sale or out-of-state shipment so made, or

(b) At the close of each day's business, completely, accurately, and legibly prepare the appropriate state of Washington fish receiving ticket in his own name for the total day's activities, or)) landing or delivery of fish. The fish receiving ticket must show the total of all fish and shellfish aboard the harvesting vessel upon landing or delivery. The fisher selling at retail must complete a fish receiving ticket before offering fish or shellfish for retail sale except if food fish or shellfish are being offered for sale directly off the catcher vessel the fisher may complete the ticket with an estimated number or weight. At the completion of the retail activity, the fisher who has completed a ticket with an estimated number or weight is required to complete a corrected fish receiving ticket with the actual number and weight of fish or shellfish that were sold at retail. The price shown on the fish ticket must be the actual sale price of the fish or shellfish.

(2) Each fisher offering food fish or shellfish for retail sale must maintain a sequentially numbered receipt book, which receipt book contains a receipt duplicate copy, and must give each purchaser of salmon or crab a receipt showing the number, weight and value of food fish or shellfish sold to that purchaser. The duplicate receipts must be retained by the seller for one year.

(3) In the commercial geoduck fishery, a vessel operator so designated by the geoduck tract holder must be present at all times on each vessel commercially harvesting geoducks or having commercially harvested geoducks aboard. For each day's harvest of geoducks from each tract, the designated operator must legibly and accurately enter the following information on a fish receiving ticket before leaving the department of natural resources geoduck harvest tract:

(a) Enter in the "dealer's use" column the number of cages of geoducks harvested.

(b) Write across the top of the fish receiving ticket directly below the tear strip, the harvest vessel name, its Washington department identification number and the date.

(c) Sign the fish receiving ticket as the ((fisherman)) fisher.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 00-01-145 (Order 99-221), 220-69-241, filed 12/20/99, effective 1/20/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 75.58.040. 86-19-043 (Order 86-102), 220-69-241, filed 9/12/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 83-24-049 (Order 83-203), 220-69-241, filed 12/2/83; 81-11-006 (Order 81-31), 220-69-241, filed 5/11/81; 81-03-032 (Order 81-6), 220-69-241, filed 1/13/81; Order 76-153, 220-69-241, filed 12/17/76.]

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