FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-24-04000A and 220-24-04000B; and amending WAC 220-24-040.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020.
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: We are nearing the quota of 20,600 chinook, a closure and restriction of catch is needed to remain within the quota. These rules are adopted at the recommendation of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and National Marine Fisheries Service in accordance with preseason fishing plans. There is insufficient time to adopt 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 21, 2011.
(1) Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3, and that portion of Area 4 west of 125º05'00" W longitude and south of 48º23'00" N latitude, open: Immediately through 11:59 p.m. June 21, 2011; and 12:01 a.m. June 23 through June 30, 2011.
(2) The Cape Flattery and Columbia River Control Zones are closed. Mandatory Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area is closed.
(3) Minimum size for Chinook salmon is 28 inches in length. No minimum size for pink, sockeye or chum salmon. It is unlawful to possess coho salmon.
(4) Lawful troll gear is restricted to all legal troll gear with single point, single shank barbless hooks.
(5) For the period June 23 through June 30, 2011, no more than 30 Chinook for the entire period per vessel.
(6) Fishers must land and deliver their catch within 24 hours of any closure of a fishery provided for in this section, and vessels fishing or in possession of salmon while fishing north of Leadbetter Point must land and deliver their fish within the area and north of Leadbetter Point. Vessels fishing or in possession of salmon while fishing south of Leadbetter Point must land and deliver their fish within the area and south of Leadbetter Point.
(7) The Cape Flattery Control Zone is defined as the area from Cape Flattery (48º23'00" N latitude) to the northern boundary of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, and the area from Cape Flattery south to Cape Alava, 48º10'00" N latitude, and west of 125º05'00" W longitude.
(8) Columbia Control Zone - An area at the Columbia River mouth, bounded on the west by a line running northeast/southwest between the red lighted Buoy #4 (46º13'35" N. Lat., 124º06'50" W. long.) and the green lighted Buoy #7 (46º15'09' N. lat., 124º06'16" W. long.); on the east, by the Buoy #10 line which bears north/south at 357º true from the south jetty at 46º14'00" N. lat., 124º03'07" W. long, to its intersection with the north jetty; on the north, by a line running northeast/southwest between the green lighted Buoy #7 to the tip of the north jetty (46º14'48" N. lat., 124º05'20" W. long.), and then along the north jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy #10 line; and, on the south, by a line running northeast/southwest between the red lighted Buoy #4 and tip of the south jetty (46º14'03" N. lat., 124º04'05" W. long.), and then along the south jetty to the point of intersection with the Buoy #10 line.
(9) Mandatory Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area - The area in Washington Marine Catch Area 3 from 48º00.00' N latitude; 125º14.00' W longitude to 48º02.00' N latitude; 125º14.00' W longitude to 48º02.00' N latitude; 125º16.50' W longitude to 48º00.00' N latitude; 125º16.50' W longitude and connecting back to 48º00.00' N latitude; 125º14.00' W longitude.
(10) It is unlawful to fish in Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3 or 4 with fish on board taken south of Cape Falcon, Oregon. All fish taken from Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 must be landed before fishing south of Cape Falcon, Oregon.
(11) It is unlawful for wholesale dealers and trollers retailing their fish to fail to report their landing by 10:00 a.m. the day following landing. Ticket information can be telephoned in by calling 1-866-791-1279, or faxing the information to (360) 902-2949, or e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Report the dealer name, the dealer license number, the purchasing location, the date of purchase, the fish ticket numbers, the gear used, the catch area, the species, the total number for each species, and the total weight for each species, including halibut.
Reviser's note: The typographical 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.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
|WAC 220-24-04000A||All-citizen commercial salmon troll. (11-67)|
|WAC 220-24-04000B||All-citizen commercial salmon troll.|