WSR 04-17-088

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 04-217 -- Filed August 16, 2004, 2:05 p.m. , effective September 16, 2004 ]


Purpose: Amend recreational shellfish daily limit rule.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-310.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-13-023 on June 7, 2004.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: August 7, 2004.

Susan Yeager

for Will Roehl, Chair

Fish and Wildlife Commission

OTS-7274.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 04-39, filed 3/4/04, effective 5/1/04)

WAC 220-56-310   Shellfish -- Daily limits.   It is unlawful for any one person to take in any one day for personal use more than the following quantities and sizes of shellfish:

(1) Cockles, borers and clams in the shell, other than razor clams, geoduck clams and horse clams, 40 clams in the aggregate, or 10 pounds, whichever is achieved first except:

(a) In Skagit Bay, east of a line projected from Browns Point to Swinomish Slough entrance - diggers may additionally retain up to 20 pounds of eastern softshell clams in the shell.

(b) Willapa Bay - diggers may additionally retain up to twenty-four cockles.

(2) Razor clams: 15 clams.

(3) Geoduck clams: 3 clams.

(4) Horse clams: 7 clams.

(5) Oysters: 18 oysters, shucked and the shells left on the beach. Minimum size before shucking two and one-half inches along the longest dimension of the shell.

(6) Rock scallops: 12 scallops.

(7) ((Sea)) Weathervane scallops: 12 scallops (over 4 inches).

(8) ((Common or)) Spiny and pink scallops: 10 pounds or 5 quarts in the shell, in the aggregate.

(9) Shrimp:

(a) In all waters - total weight 10 pounds and fishers must retain the heads of all shrimp taken while in the field except in the Hood Canal and Port Angeles Shrimp Districts. Spot shrimp: Maximum 80 shrimp as part of the 10 pound limit. Spot shrimp minimum size one and three-sixteenths inch from the base of the eyestalk to the top rear edge of the carapace except in the Hood Canal and Port Angeles Shrimp Districts.

(b) In the Port Angeles Shrimp District - Spot shrimp: No minimum size.

(c) In the Hood Canal Shrimp District - 80 shrimp regardless of weight. No minimum size for spot shrimp. Fishers are not required to retain the heads of shrimp.

(10) Octopus: 1 octopus.

(11) Pinto abalone: Closed statewide.

(12) Crawfish: 10 pounds in the shell. Minimum size 3 1/4 inches from tip of rostrum to tip of tail. Female crawfish with eggs or young attached to the abdomen must be released immediately.

(13) Squid: 10 pounds or 5 quarts.

(14) Sea cucumbers: 25 sea cucumbers.

(15) Red sea urchins: 18 sea urchins.

(16) Purple sea urchins: 18 sea urchins.

(17) Green sea urchins: 36 sea urchins.

(18) Dungeness crabs:

(a) In all waters except the Columbia River and when fishing from the north jetty of the Columbia River - 6 male crabs.

(b) In the Columbia River upstream of a line from the outermost end of the north jetty to the exposed end of the south jetty, or when fishing from the north jetty of the Columbia River - 12 male crabs.

(19) Red rock crabs: 6 crabs.

(20) ((Blue)) Mussels ((and sea mussels)): 10 pounds in the shell, in the aggregate.

(21) Goose barnacles: 10 pounds of whole barnacles or 5 pounds of barnacle stalks.

(22) Ghost and mud shrimp: 10 dozen.

(23) King and box crab: Closed statewide.

(24) Tanner crabs: 6 crabs.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 04-07-009 (Order 04-39), 220-56-310, filed 3/4/04, effective 5/1/04; 02-08-048 (Order 02-53), 220-56-310, filed 3/29/02, effective 5/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080, 77.12.040. 00-08-038 (Order 00-29), 220-56-310, filed 3/29/00, effective 5/1/00; 99-15-081 (Order 99-102), 220-56-310, filed 7/20/99, effective 8/20/99; 99-08-029 (Order 99-13), 220-56-310, filed 3/30/99, effective 5/1/99; 98-06-031, 220-56-310, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-07-078 (Order 97-53), 220-56-310, filed 3/19/97, effective 5/1/97; 95-04-066 (Order 95-10), 220-56-310, filed 1/30/95, effective 5/1/95; 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), 220-56-310, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; 92-11-012 (Order 92-19), 220-56-310, filed 5/12/92, effective 6/12/92; 90-06-026, 220-56-310, filed 2/28/90, effective 3/31/90; 89-07-060 (Order 89-12), 220-56-310, filed 3/16/89; 88-12-025 (Order 88-28), 220-56-310, filed 5/25/88, effective 8/22/88; 88-10-013 (Order 88-15), 220-56-310, filed 4/26/88; 87-09-066 (Order 87-16), 220-56-310, filed 4/21/87; 86-24-046 (Order 86-190), 220-56-310, filed 11/26/86; 86-09-020 (Order 86-08), 220-56-310, filed 4/9/86; 85-12-046 (Order 85-57), 220-56-310, filed 6/5/85; 84-09-026 (Order 84-22), 220-56-310, filed 4/11/84; 83-04-027 (Order 83-06), 220-56-310, filed 1/27/83; 82-07-047 (Order 82-19), 220-56-310, filed 3/18/82; 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), 220-56-310, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80.]

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