WSR 04-07-029

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 04-47 -- Filed March 8, 2004, 4:22 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: March 8, 2004.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-48-015.

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: This emergency regulation allows fishing on Wednesdays which would provide flexibility in selecting fishing days avoiding adverse weather conditions and also facilitate landing the product. This will improve vessel safety and help with marketing the product. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

March 8, 2004

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-48-01500T   Beam trawl and bottom trawl seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-48-015, effective immediately until further notice, it is lawful to fish with otter trawl gear on Monday through Friday in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23C.

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