FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: September 2, 2012, 5:00 a.m.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-47-40100H; and amending WAC 220-47-401.
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: The Pacific Salmon Commission has relinquished control of United States area waters. This emergency rule is necessary to initiate fisheries targeting a harvestable surplus of hatchery coho and hatchery chinook. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 31, 2012.
Areas 7 and 7A:
(1) Reef Nets - Open to reef net gear according to the times, dates, and conditions as prescribed and listed here:
|5:00 AM - 9:00 PM daily||9/2 - 9/29|
(b) It is unlawful to retain marked Chinook unless the reef net operator is in immediate possession of a Puget Sound Reef Net Logbook. All retained marked Chinook must be recorded in the log book in accordance with requirements of WAC 220-47-401.
(c) It is unlawful to fish for salmon with reef net gear in Areas 7 and 7A unless the vessel operator has attended a "Fish Friendly" best fishing practices workshop and is in immediate possession of a department-issued certification card.
(2) "Quick Reporting Fisheries":
All fisheries opened under this section, and any fishery opening under authority of the Fraser Panel for sockeye in Puget Sound Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas (WAC 220-22-030), are designated as "Quick Reporting Required" per WAC 220-47-001.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 9:01 p.m. September 29, 2012:
|WAC 220-47-40100H||Puget Sound all-citizen commercial salmon fishery -- Open periods.|