WSR 04-20-006

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 04-257 -- Filed September 23, 2004, 1:27 p.m. , effective September 26, 2004. ]


Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-52-073.

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: Harvestable amounts of red and green sea urchins exist in the areas described. Prohibition of all diving from licensed sea urchin and sea cucumber harvest vessels within two days of scheduled sea urchin openings discourages the practice of fishing on closed days and hiding the unlawful catch underwater until the legal opening. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 22, 2004.

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-07300M   Sea urchins   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-073, effective September 26, 2004 until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess sea urchins taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:

(1) Green sea urchins: Sea Urchin Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 are open only on Sundays and Mondays of each week. The minimum size for green sea urchins is 2.25 inches (size in largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

(2) Red sea urchins: Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 are open only on Mondays through Thursdays of each week. In Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 it is unlawful to harvest red sea urchins smaller than 4.0 inches or larger than 5.5 inches (size in largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

(3) It is unlawful to dive for any purpose from a commercially licensed sea urchin or sea cucumber fishing vessel on Fridays and Saturdays of each week.

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