PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
FISH AND WILDLIFE
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial fishing for marine fish species in Puget Sound.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rule changes are needed to modify the fishing gear and seasons for commercial fishing for rockfish, sole, flounder, dogfish and other species of marine fish in Puget Sound. The rule changes are intended to conserve the marine fish resources in Puget Sound.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lew Atkins, Fish Program, Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by December 16, 2004. Expected proposal filing December 17, 2004.
November 2, 2004