FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: April 29, 2004.
Purpose: Amend personal use rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25000G; and amending WAC 220-56-250.
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: Levels of dissolved oxygen are at very low levels in Hood Canal and are detrimental to fish health. An emergency order in February 2004 closed recreational fishing for bottomfish, other than lingcod in the canal. The permanent rules allow recreational fishing for lingcod in Hood Canal from May 1 through June 15. This emergency closure is needed to prevent additional stress mortality to the lingcod during the period of adverse water conditions. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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:
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Effective Date of Rule: May 1, 2004, 12:01 a.m.
April 29, 2004
for Jeff Koenings
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. June 16, 2004:
|WAC 220-56-25000G||Lingcod -- Areas and seasons.|