WSR 05-05-090

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 05-24 -- Filed February 15, 2005, 4:20 p.m. , effective February 15, 2005 ]


Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-48-015.

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: This regulation improves safety by allowing more open days enabling fishers to avoid fishing during periods of adverse weather. Permanent rules prohibit fishing on Wednesdays, allowing fishing on Wednesdays would facilitate delivery of product to the processing plants on Fridays. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 15, 2005.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-48-01500V   Beam trawl and bottom trawl seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-48-015, effective immediately until further notice, it is lawful to fish for or possess bottomfish with beam trawl and bottom trawl gear in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23C Mondays through Fridays.

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