WSR 11-19-026

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 11-235 -- Filed September 9, 2011, 11:15 a.m. , effective September 10, 2011 ]


Effective Date of Rule: September 10, 2011.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900A; 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: Returning fall bright chinook to the North Fork Lewis River are expected to exceed spawning production goals and provide significant harvest opportunity. The escapement goal for the North Fork Lewis fall bright chinook is 5,700. Over 10,000 are expected back to the river. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 9, 2011.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900A   Exceptions to statewide rules -- North Fork Lewis River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective September 10 through September 30, 2011, it is permissible to fish for and possess salmon in waters of the North Fork Lewis River from the mouth to Merwin Dam. Daily limit of 6 salmon, of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook. Minimum size 12 inches in length; release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective October 1, 2011:


WAC 232-28-61900A Exceptions to statewide rules -- North Fork Lewis River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office