FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: July 1, 2011.
Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900P; and amending WAC 232-28-619.
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: Two fish-marking programs are currently being conducted by Washington department of fish and wildlife and the Yakama Nation that will study survival and migration patterns within the Columbia River system. The success of these studies will be dependent upon the angler's ability to recognize these tags and to release the fish back into the river immediately. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 29, 2011.
for Philip Anderson
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective July 1 through October 15, 2011, all Chinook and sockeye salmon with external floy (anchor) tags must be released if caught in the following waters:
(1) Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Highway 17 Bridge in Bridgeport.
(2) Similkameen River.
(3) Okanogan River.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective October 16, 2011:
|WAC 232-28-61900P||Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia, Similkameen and Okanogan rivers.|