WSR 08-10-057

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 2, 2008, 4:12 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 220-69-300 Commercial food fish and shellfish transportation tickets.

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: Many commercial vessels are loaded onto trailers after leaving the fishery, with the product still onboard. The department seeks to clarify that in such instances, a transportation ticket is required. The department also expands the transportation-ticket requirement to persons beyond commercial fishers, because sometimes transport is done by other than the commercial fishers. The tickets will allow officers to identify harvesters and the legality of harvests.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Oregon department of fish and wildlife and the Washington department of fish and wildlife have developed reciprocal rules for fishers on the concurrent waters of the Columbia River. This rule proposal will mirror Oregon's for transport tickets.

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 Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail preuslmp@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by June 23, 2008. Expected proposal filing on or after July 2, 2008.

May 2, 2008

Loreva M. Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office