WSR 09-06-076

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed March 3, 2009, 10:46 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 220-16 WAC, Definitions.

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: Commercial fisheries in the Columbia River are primarily conducted under emergency rules and adopted by the Columbia River compact. The proposal defines a type of net that has been used in managing the fishery under emergency rules.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Oregon and Washington departments 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 definition of unslackened net and slackers.

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 [2009]. Expected proposal filing on or after July 2, 2008 [2009].

May 2, 2008 [2009]

Loreva M. Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office