FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date Adopted: December 24, 2003.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-33-01000Q; and amending WAC 220-33-010.
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: Harvestable numbers of sturgeon are available under the harvest guideline of 8,000 fish for 2004. A meeting was held with representatives of the commercial fishing industry to gather input for shaping the fishery, and season is consistent with those recommendations. The fishery will provide an opportunity for the commercial fishers to harvest a portion of their sturgeon allocation during a time frame when impacts to salmonids is minimal. Regulation is consistent with compact action of December 19, 2003. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent regulations.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: January 13, 2004, 6:00 a.m.
December 24, 2003
J. P. Koenings
AREA: SMCRA 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, and 1E
SEASON: 6:00 a.m. Tuesday January 13, 2004 to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2004
6:00 a.m. Tuesday January 20, 2004 to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2004
6:00 a.m. Tuesday January 27, 2004 to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2004
6:00 a.m. Tuesday February 3, 2004 to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2004
6:00 a.m. Tuesday February 10, 2004 to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 11, 2004
GEAR: 9-inch minimum mesh and 9-3/4 inch maximum mesh
ALLOWABLE SALE: Sturgeon and adipose fin-clipped salmon.
SANCTUARIES: Sandy River.
OTHER: Quick reporting required for Washington wholesale dealers, WAC 220-69-240.
MISCELLANEOUS: Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-20-010, during open salmon and/or sturgeon seasons fishers may have stored onboard their boats, while fishing, smelt gill nets; and while smelt fishing, fishers may have stored onboard their boats, gill nets of a size that meets the commercial salmon/sturgeon mesh size, weight, and length restrictions for the open salmon/sturgeon season.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 6:01 a.m. February 11, 2004:
|WAC 220-33-01000Q||Columbia River season below Bonneville.|