WSR 09-06-075

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed March 3, 2009, 10:25 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 220-52 WAC, Commercial crab gear and other fishing gear.

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: The department may implement a program to recover and administer the disposition of abandoned commercial crab gear and other fishing gear. New rules would be needed for this, and other rules may have to be amended to reflect the program.

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 Lori.preuss@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by April 1, 2009. Expected proposal filing on or after April 22, 2009.

March 3, 2009

Loreva M. Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office