WSR 07-09-052

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-58 -- Filed April 12, 2007, 3:01 p.m. , effective April 12, 2007, 3:01 p.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500I; and amending WAC 220-56-255.

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 rule conforms to federal action taken by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. There is sufficient recreation quota to provide for these seasons. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: April 12, 2007.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500J   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-255, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess halibut taken for personal use, except as provided in this section:

(a) Catch Record Card Area 1 Open May 1, 2007, until further notice. By-catch restriction: It is unlawful during any vessel trip to bring into port or land bottomfish except sablefish or Pacific Cod if the vessel has brought halibut into port or landed halibut during that trip.

(b) Catch Record Card Area 2:

(i) Those waters south of the Queets River, north of 47 N., and east of 124 40' W. - Open May 1, 2007, until further notice.

(ii) All other waters in Area 2 - Open May 1, 2007, until further notice, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Friday through 11:59 p.m. of each Saturday.

(c) Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 - Open May 15, 2007, until further notice, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. each Sunday through 11:59 p.m. each Monday; 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. each Wednesday; and 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. each Friday. The following area southwest of Cape Flattery is closed to fishing for halibut at all times:

Beginning at 4818' N., 12518' W.; thence to

4818'N., 12459'W.; thence to

4811'N., 12459'W.; thence to

4811'N., 12511'W., thence to

4804'N., 12511'W.; thence to

4804'N., 12459'W.; thence to

48N., 12459'W.; thence to

48N., 12518'W.; thence to point of origin.

(d) Catch Record Card Areas 6 through 11 and Catch Record Area 13 - Open through June 16, 2007, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

(e) Catch Record Card Area 5 - Open May 24, 2007 until further notice, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

(f) Daily limit one halibut. The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative code is repealed:


WAC 220-56-25500I Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits. (07-53)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office