FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: March 18, 2004.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-27000R and 220-56-27000T; and amending WAC 220-56-270.
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: The Columbia River smelt run size has been downgraded from a Level 3 to 2. This modified smelt fishery regulation is consistent with Level 2 fisheries in the "Washington and Oregon eulachon management plan" for the Columbia River. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: Immediately.
March 18, 2004
for Jeff P. Koenings
Area: Washington Columbia River tributaries
Dates: Wednesdays and Saturdays
Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Daily limit: 20 pounds
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 10:01 p.m., Friday, March 19, 2004:
|WAC 220-56-27000R||Smelt--Areas and seasons.|
|WAC 220-56-27000T||Smelt--Areas and seasons.|