WSR 11-15-037

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 11-153 -- Filed July 13, 2011, 10:23 a.m. , effective July 14, 2011 ]


Effective Date of Rule: July 14, 2011.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900T; 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: Sockeye salmon returns above Priest Rapids Dam are predicted to be well in excess of needs for wild fish escapement to the spawning grounds. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Opening the sockeye fishery will provide additional recreational fishing opportunity. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: July 13, 2011.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900T   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia, Okanogan, Similkameen rivers and Lake Osoyoss.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, it is unlawful to violate the following provisions, provided that unless otherwise amended, all permanent rules remain in effect:

(1) In the following waters during the specified time periods, special daily limit of 4 sockeye; minimum size 12 inches in length. All coho and steelhead must be released. Release all sockeye and Chinook with floy (anchor) tag attached.

(a) July 14, 2011 through October 15, 2011, Columbia River from Hwy 395 Bridge at Pasco to Wells Dam. Anti-snagging and night closure in effect for Rocky Reach Dam to Turtle Rock.

(b) July 16, 2011 through August 31, 2011, Columbia River from Wells Dam to Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster.

(c) July 14, 2011 through October 15, 2011, Columbia River from Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster to Hwy 17 Bridge in Bridgeport.

(d) July 14, 2011 through October 15, 2011, Okanogan River from the mouth to Hwy 97 Bridge immediately upstream of the mouth. Anti-snagging and night closure in effect.

(e) July 14, 2011 through September 15, 2011, Okanogan River from Hwy 97 Bridge immediately upstream of the mouth to Hwy 97 Bridge crossing at Oroville. Anti-snagging and night closure in effect.

(f) July 14, 2011 through September 15, 2011, Similkameen River from the mouth to 400 feet downstream of Enloe Dam. Anti-snagging and night closure in effect.

(g) July 14, 2011 through September 15, 2011, Lake Osoyoos from Zosel Dam upstream to 300 yards south of the 49th parallel (US-Canadian border, which is marked with large fluorescent orange signs).

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Reviser's note: The spelling 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.
REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective October 16, 2011:


WAC 232-28-61900T Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia, Okanogan, Similkameen rivers and Lake Osoyoos.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office