FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: May 29, 2003.
Purpose: Amend personal use rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900V and 232-28-61900G; 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: Based on a stronger than expected return of spring chinook to the Snake River, there are sufficient numbers of hatchery-origin fish within allowable limits for potential impacts to wild fish, to continue this selective chinook fishery and expand the bag limit in the Snake River. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
May 29, 2003
J. P. Koenings
(1) Effective immediately through June 15, 2003, in those waters of the Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch upstream to the Corps of Engineers boat launch on the south bank of the river approximately one mile upstream of Little Goose Dam, it is lawful to fish for and possess salmon. Daily limit of two hatchery chinook salmon, minimum size 12 inches in length. Night closure is in effect when fishing for chinook salmon.
(a) It is unlawful to use barbed hooks when fishing for chinook salmon.
(b) It is unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for chinook salmon.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
|WAC 232-28-61900V||Exceptions to statewide rules -- Snake River. (03-72)|
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective June 15, 2003, one hour after official sunset:
|WAC 232-28-61900G||Exceptions to statewide rules -- Snake River.|