WSR 04-12-002

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 04-118 -- Filed May 20, 2004, 8:36 a.m. , effective May 20, 2004, 11:59 p.m. ]


Date of Adoption: May 19, 2004.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500L; and amending WAC 220-56-255.

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 first portion of the halibut quota in Marine Areas 3 and 4 is projected to be taken prior to May 21. The closure is needed to comply with the provisions of the halibut catch sharing plan adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

May 19, 2004

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500M   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-255, effective 11:59 p.m. May 20, 2004 until further notice:

(1) Catch Record Card Areas 3, 4 and 12: Closed.

(2) Catch Record Area 5: Open May 27 through August 14 - Closed 12:01 a.m. Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday of each week during the open period.

(3) Catch Record Card Areas 6-11 and Catch Record Card Area 13: Open through July 24 - Closed 12:01 a.m. Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday of each week during the open period.

(4) Daily limit one halibut. The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 11:59 p.m. May 20, 2004:


WAC 220-56-25500L Halibut seasons -- Daily and possession limits.

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