WSR 11-19-105

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed September 21, 2011, 8:58 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Use of the federal electronic fish receiving ticket system in lieu of the state's paper fish ticket system by trawl fishermen.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.04.020 and 77.12.045.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To compliment the electronic fish accounting system mandated for the Washington groundfish trawl fishery, Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) is reviewing state rules to complement federal regulations. The object is to streamline the state process so that participants are not using duplicative approaches.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Pacific Fisheries Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), is the entity whose electronic fish receiving ticket system WDFW will be adopting. NMFS is reviewing the proposed rules for accuracy.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 9850-1091 [98501-1091], phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail Lori.Preuss@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by November 15, 2011. Expected proposal filing on or after November 23, 2011.

September 21, 2011

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office