WSR 04-11-052

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 04-111 -- Filed May 14, 2004, 3:29 p.m. , effective May 15, 2004, 12:01 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: May 14, 2004.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-24-04000M; and amending WAC 220-24-040.

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: A harvestable surplus of salmon is available for the troll fleet. These rules are adopted at the recommendation of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, in accordance with preseason fishing plans. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 15, 2004, 12:01 a.m.

May 14, 2004

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-24-04000M   All-citizen commercial salmon troll.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-24-040, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for salmon with troll gear or to land salmon taken with troll gear into a Washington port except during the seasons provided for in this section:

(1) Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3 and that portion of Area 4 west of 12505'00" W longitude and south of 4823'00" N latitude open May 15 through May 18, 2004. The Cape Flattery and Columbia River Control Zones are closed.

(2) Landing and possession limit of 125 chinook per boat for the whole opening.

(3) Minimum size for chinook salmon is 28 inches in length. No minimum size for pink, sockeye or chum salmon. It is unlawful to possess coho salmon.

(4) Lawful troll gear is restricted to all legal troll gear with single point, single shank barbless hooks.

(5) Fishers must land and deliver their catch within 24 hours of any closure of a fishery provided for in this section, and must land and deliver within the Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3 or 4.

(6) The Cape Flattery Control Zone is defined as the area from Cape Flattery (4823'00" N latitude) to the northern boundary of the U.S. EEZ: and the area from Cape Flattery south to Cape Alava, 4810'00" N latitude and west of 12505'00" W longitude.

(7) Columbia Control Zone - An area at the Columbia River mouth, bounded on the west by a line running northeast/southwest between the red lighted Buoy #4 (4613'35" N. Lat., 12406'50" W. long.) and the green lighted Buoy #7 (4615'09' N. lat., 12406'16" W. long.); on the east, by the Buoy #10 line which bears north/south at 357 true from the south jetty at 4614'00" N. lat., 12403'07" West. long. to its intersection with the north jetty; on the north, by a line running northeast/southwest between the green lighted Buoy #7 to the tip of the north jetty (4614'48" N. lat., 12405'20" W. long.) and then along the north jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy #10 line; and, on the south, by a line running northeast/southwest between the red lighted Buoy #4 and tip of the south jetty (4614'03" N. lat., 12404'05" W. long.), and then along the south jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy #10 line.

(8) It is unlawful to fish in Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3 or 4 with fish on board taken south of Cape Falcon, Oregon, and all fish taken from Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 must be landed before fishing south of Cape Falcon, Oregon.

(9) It is unlawful for wholesale dealers and trollers retailing their fish to fail to report their landing by 10:00 a.m. the day following landing. Ticket information can be telephoned in by calling 1-866-791-1279 or faxing the information to (360) 902-2949 or E-mailing to trollfishtickets@dfw.wa.gov. Report the dealer name, the purchasing location, the date of purchase, the fish ticket numbers, the gear used, the catch area, the species. The total number for each species and the total weight for each species including halibut.

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Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. May 19, 2004:


WAC 220-24-04000M All-citizen commercial salmon troll.

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