WSR 11-20-094

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 11-264 -- Filed October 4, 2011, 4:47 p.m. , effective October 5, 2011 ]


Effective Date of Rule: October 5, 2011.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900Z; 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: An estimated 20,000 coho are expected to return this year above Rock Island Dam. This number is in excess of spawning escapement and hatchery broodstock needs. The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 4, 2011.

Sara G. LaBorde

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900Z   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Methow, Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.   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) Effective October 5, 2011 through October 31, 2011, it is permissible to fish for coho salmon from the mouth of the Wenatchee River to the mouth of the Icicle River, including the Icicle River from the mouth to 500 feet downstream of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery Barrier Dam; daily limit three coho salmon, minimum size 12 inches, selective gear rules are in effect, no bait allowed, night closure in effect, release all floy (anchor) tagged coho, release all coho with one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

(2) Effective October 5, 2011 through October 31, 2011, it is permissible to fish for coho salmon from the mouth of the Methow River to the confluence with the Chewuch River in Winthrop. Fishing from a floating device is prohibited from the second powerline crossing one mile upstream from the mouth) to the lowermost Hwy 153 bridge (four miles upstream from the mouth). Daily limit three coho salmon, minimum size 12 inches, selective gear rules are in effect, no bait allowed, night closure in effect, release all floy (anchor) tagged coho, release all coho with one or more round 1/4 inch in diameter holes punched in the caudal (tail) fin.

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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.
REPEALER


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


WAC 232-28-61900Z Exceptions to statewide rules -- Methow, Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office