FISH AND WILDLIFE
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing regulations.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-47-31100T.
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 comanagers agreed to update the south Puget Sound chum run size from the original preseason forecast of 566,000 to an in-season-update of 725,000 chum. This modification is based on purse seine catch models derived from both the Apple Cove test fishery and the first week's commercial opening. Without expansion of the fishery it may be impossible to take the full nontreaty share. This fishery is not expected to exceed chinook or summer chum by-catch levels modeled during the preseason process. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: October 15, 2004.
J. P. Koenings
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. October 21, 2004:
|WAC 220-47-31100T||Purse seine -- Open periods.|