WSR 10-01-037

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed December 7, 2009, 4:16 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 09-20-076.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 220-33-030 Shad.

Hearing Location(s): Natural Resources Building, First Floor, Room 172, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, on February 5-6, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: March 12, 2010.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, e-mail Lori.Preuss@dfw.wa.gov, fax (360) 902-2155, by January 30, 2010.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Susan Yeager by January 30, 2010, TTY (360) 902-2207 or (360) 902-2267.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This proposal will make the Columbia River shad fishery a permanent season, eliminating the need for annual emergency regulations to be implemented.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The fishery has been adopted under emergency rules on an annual basis. This proposal will help fishers and processors to plan for same season each year. The rule will be consistent with the Oregon department of fish and wildlife's rule in concurrent waters of the Columbia River.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.12.047.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: The Washington department of fish and wildlife, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Cindy LeFleur, 2108 Grand Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661, (360) 906-6708; Implementation: Jim Scott, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-2651; and Enforcement: Chief Bruce Bjork, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-2373.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed changes do not impose any additional burdens or costs on fishers or dealers participating in commercial shad fisheries.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. This proposal does not involve hydraulics.

December 7, 2010

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

OTS-2867.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 88-86, filed 9/2/88)

WAC 220-33-030   Shad.   It is unlawful to fish for shad in the lower Columbia River for commercial purposes, or to possess shad taken from those waters for commercial purposes, except as provided in this section:


Gear


(1) Gill net gear may be used to fish for shad if:

(a) The cork line of the gill net does not exceed ((1,500)) 900 feet in length (150 fathoms) and has sufficient buoyancy to float the cork line on the surface. Also, the net may not exceed 40 meshes in depth.

(b) The webbing of the gill net is constructed of mesh having a breaking strength of less than 10 pounds. The gill net may be constructed of monofilament webbing or twine.

(c) The mesh size of the gill net is not less than 5-3/8 inches or more than 6-1/4 inches stretch measure.

(d) The gill net does not have more than a single web. The gill net web shall be suspended between a single cork line and a single lead line.

(e) The gill net does not have added lines, strings, backwalls, trammels, or aprons. Riplines may be used but may not be less than 10 fathoms (60 feet) apart.


Fishing periods


(2) The lower Columbia River is ((closed)) open to commercial shad fishing((, except as provided by emergency rule of the director)) in Shad Area 2S from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday (except on the observed Memorial Day holiday), from May 10 through June 20 annually. Shad taken incidentally during an open commercial salmon or sturgeon fishing period may be retained for commercial purposes.


General


(3) As used in this chapter and in emergency rules of the director, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:

(a) "Shad Area 2S" means those waters of Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Area (SMCRA) 1D and 1E that are upstream of a line projected true north and south from the Oregon shore through the Washougal blinker light (light "50" flashing red) to a fishing boundary marker on the Washington shore ((and to the Oregon shore)) (upper boundary of SMCRA 1E).

(b) "Camas-Washougal Reef Area" means those waters of SMCRA 1D inside of a line commencing at the white six-second equal-interval light approximately 3/4 mile east of the Washougal Woolen Mill pipeline and projected westerly to the Washougal blinker light, thence to the white four-second blinker light on the east end of Lady Island, thence easterly and along the shoreline of Lady Island to the State Highway 14 Bridge, thence easterly and along the shoreline of Lady Island to the State Highway 14 Bridge, thence easterly across the State Highway 14 Bridge to the mainland.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 88-18-066 (Order 88-86), 220-33-030, filed 9/2/88.]

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