WSR 07-11-038

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-79 -- Filed May 8, 2007, 2:42 p.m., effective May 9, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: May 9, 2007.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900F; and amending WAC 232-28-619.

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: There are sufficient numbers of hatchery origin fish, within allowable limits for potential impacts on wild fish, to open a limited Snake River fishery. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 8, 2007.

Loreva M. Preuss

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900F   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Snake River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective May 9 through June 30, 2007, in those waters of the Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch upstream to the Corps of Engineers boat launch approximately one mile upstream of Little Goose Dam on the south bank of the River it is lawful to fish for and possess salmon. Daily limit of one hatchery chinook salmon, adipose fin missing with a healed scar. Minimum size 12 inches in length.

(a) All Chinook with the adipose fin intact, and all steelhead, must be released immediately unharmed.

(b) Hooks must be barbless when fishing for all species, except single barbless hooks only when fishing for sturgeon.

(c) It is unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank) when fishing for all species, except sturgeon.

(d) Night closure is in effect.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective July 1, 2007:


WAC 232-28-61900F Exceptions to statewide rules -- Snake River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office