WSR 08-16-083

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-190 -- Filed August 1, 2008, 1:39 p.m. , effective August 2, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: August 2, 2008.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900S; 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: The upper Columbia River summer chinook and sockeye returns at Wells Dam are adequate to provide necessary escapement goals, along with a harvest fishery. The stocks are stable and not listed under the ESA. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 1, 2008.

Loreva M. Preuss

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900S   Exceptions to statewide rules--Okanogan and Similkameen rivers.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective August 2 through September 15, 2008, a person may fish in the following waters:

(1) Okanogan River (Okanogan Co.) Those waters from the Highway 97 bridge near the mouth to the Highway 97 bridge at Oroville. Daily limit of six salmon, minimum size 12 inches, no more than two adults. Bull trout, steelhead and coho must be released. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restriction in effect. Effective September 1 through September 15, 2008, in those waters upstream of the highway bridge in Malott, statewide gamefish rules are in effect, except release all trout.

(2) Similkameen River (Okanogan Co.) Those waters from the mouth upsteam to the Highway 7 Bridge at Oroville. Daily limit of six salmon, minimum size 12 inches, no more than two adults. Bull trout, steelhead and coho must be released. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restriction in effect.

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Reviser's note: The spelling error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed, effective 12:01 a.m. September 16, 2008:


WAC 232-28-61900S Exceptions to statewide rules -- Okanogan and Similkameen rivers

Washington State Code Reviser's Office