WSR 97-08-052

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

(Fisheries)

[Order 97-55--Filed March 31, 1997, 4:15 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: February 1, 1997.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-52-040, 220-52-046, 220-52-075, 220-69-240, 220-88A-070, and 220-88A-080.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.080.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 97-01-127 on December 19, 1996.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Chapter 220-52 WAC, crab areas adjusted. Amendments to WAC 220-52-050 not adopted. Vessel position clarified. Obsolete reference updated; WAC 220-69-240, reporting requirements clarified. Obsolete references updated; and WAC 220-88A-070, Lopez Sound closed through July 9 each year and closed all year to shrimp beam trawl. No special beam trawl width restriction for Area 23D.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 6, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

March 31, 1997

Lisa Pelly, Chairperson

Fish and wildlife Commission

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 94-23, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94)

WAC 220-52-040 Crab fishery--Lawful and unlawful. (1) It is unlawful for any vessel geared or equipped with commercial net fishing gear to have aboard any quantity of crab while fishing with said gear or having commercially caught food fish or other species of shellfish aboard.

(2) Unless otherwise provided, it is unlawful to set, maintain, or operate any baited or unbaited shellfish pots or ring nets for taking crabs, for commercial purposes, in any area at any time when it is unlawful to take or fish for crabs for commercial purposes therein.

(3) It is unlawful to have in the water any baited or unbaited shellfish pots or ring nets for taking crabs for commercial purposes, in any area at any time when it is unlawful to take or fish for crabs for commercial purposes therein: Provided, That following the close of a commercial crab season, permission may be granted by the director on a case-by-case basis for fishermen to recover shellfish pots that have become irretrievable due to extreme weather conditions. Fishermen must apply to fisheries patrol for such permission within twenty-four hours prior to the close of season.

(4) It is unlawful for any person to take, or possess for commercial purposes female Dungeness crabs, or male Dungeness crabs measuring less than 6-1/4 inches, caliper measurement, across the back immediately in front of the tips.

(5) It is unlawful for any person to take or fish for crabs for commercial purposes in the Puget Sound licensing district with more than 100 shellfish pots or ring nets in the aggregate, and it shall be unlawful for any group of persons using the same vessel to take or fish for crabs for commercial purposes in Puget Sound with more than 100 shellfish pots or ring nets in the aggregate, provided it shall be unlawful for any person, or group of persons using the same vessel, to take or fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 20 shellfish pots or ring nets in the aggregate within the waters of Dungeness Bay lying west of a line projected from the new Dungeness Light southward to the outermost end of the abandoned dock at the Three Crabs Restaurant on the southern shore of Dungeness Bay.

(6) It is unlawful for any person to take or fish for Dungeness crabs for commercial purposes in the Puget Sound licensing district with more than 20 pots per groundline, and it shall be unlawful to use or operate a groundline unless such gear meets the following requirements:

(a) A buoy, staff, flag, and radar reflector must be attached at each end of the groundline;

(b) Flags attached at each end of the groundline must be orange in color;

(c) Buoys attached at each end of the groundline must be marked in a visible and legible manner with the department of fish and wildlife approved and registered buoy brand issued to the license;

(d) Buoys attached at each end of the groundline must be marked with the number of pots attached to the groundline; and

(e) Staffs with attached flags at each end of the groundline must be at least four feet above the water surface.

(7) In coastal waters, Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay and the Columbia River no crab pot gear may be attached or connected to other crab pot gear by a common groundline or any other means.

(8) It is unlawful for any fisher or wholesale dealer or buyer to land or purchase Dungeness crab taken from Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, Columbia River, Washington coastal or adjacent waters of the Pacific Ocean during the first thirty days following the opening of a coastal crab season from any vessel which has not been issued a Washington crab vessel inspection certificate. The certificate will be issued to vessels made available for inspection in a Washington coastal port and properly licensed for commercial crab fishing if no Dungeness crabs are aboard. Inspections will be performed by authorized department of fisheries personnel not earlier than twelve hours prior to the opening of the coastal crab season and during the following thirty-day period.

(((7) It is unlawful for any licensed fisher to fish for or possess Dungeness crab taken for commercial purposes with shellfish pot gear from Puget Sound waters unless the fisher has on his/her person a current Puget Sound crab pot/buoy brand certificate. The certificate shall contain space for: Vessel name; name of vessel operator(s); buoy brand(s) to be used; number of pots to be fished; Puget Sound endorsement number. The certificate may be obtained at a time and place specified by the director prior to the season opening upon inspection of all pots and buoys to be fished. Inspected gear must meet the requirements of legal gear as defined in WAC 220-20-010 and 220-52-043 in order to be certified. It is unlawful for a fisher to have aboard the fishing vessel or in the water more pots than the number shown on the certificate or to have buoys aboard the vessel with numbers other than those shown on the certificate. Upon inspection of gear, the certificate may be amended during the fishing season.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 94-12-009 (Order 94-23), 220-52-040, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94; 91-10-024 (Order 91-22), 220-52-040, filed 4/23/91, effective 5/24/91; 85-01-010 (Order 84-214), 220-52-040, filed 12/7/84; 84-08-014 (Order 84-24), 220-52-040, filed 3/27/84; 83-01-026 (Order 82-221), 220-52-040, filed 12/8/82; 80-13-064 (Order 80-123), 220-52-040, filed 9/17/80; 79-02-053 (Order 79-6), 220-52-040, filed 1/30/79; Order 77-145, 220-52-040, filed 12/13/77; Order 76-152, 220-52-040, filed 12/17/76; Order 76-26, 220-52-040, filed 1:45 p.m., 4/20/76; Order 1045, 220-52-040, filed 3/8/73; Order 807, 220-52-040, filed 1/2/69, effective 2/1/69; subsections 1, 5, 6, from Orders 409 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 2 from Orders 500 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 3 from Order 528, filed 6/1/61; Order 525, filed 5/3/61; Order 507, filed 4/8/60; Orders 409 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 4 from Order 528, filed 6/1/61; Order 525, filed 5/3/61; Orders 409 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 7 from Orders 414 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 8 from Orders 410 and 256, filed 3/1/60; subsection 9 from Order 409, filed 9/14/56.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 94-23, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94)

WAC 220-52-046 Crab fishery--Seasons and areas. It is unlawful to fish for or possess Dungeness crabs taken for commercial purposes except during the lawful open seasons and areas as follows:

(1) ((All Puget Sound Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas except 25C, 27A, 27B, 27C, 28A, 28B, 28C, and 28D - open October 1 through April 15, provided that it is unlawful to set any crab gear prior to 9:00 a.m. on the opening day of the season.

(2))) All Puget Sound Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas are open beginning 8:00 a.m. October 1st through the following April 15th and, after October 1, one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, except Areas 25C, 27A, 27B, 27C, 28A, 28B, 28C, and 28D and the closures provided for in this section.

(2) The following areas are closed to non-Indian commercial crab fishing:

(a) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 20A between a line from the boat ramp at the western boundary of Birch Bay State Park to the western point of the entrance of the Birch Bay Marina and a line from the same boat ramp to Birch Point are closed October 1 through November 7 and March 1 through April 15.

(b) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 20A in Lummi Bay east of a line projected from the entrance buoy at Sandy Point to Gooseberry Point.

(c) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 21A in Bellingham Bay west of a line projected from the exposed boulder at Point Francis to the pilings at Stevie's Point.

(d) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24A east of lines projected north from the most westerly tip of Skagit Island and south to the most westerly tip of Hope Island, thence southeast to Seal Rocks, thence southeast to the green can buoy at the mouth of Swinomish Channel, thence easterly to the west side of Goat Island.

(e) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24B inside a line projected from Priest Point to the five-meter tower between Gedney Island and Priest Point, thence northwesterly on a line between the five-meter tower and Barnum Point to the intersection with a line projected true west from Kayak Point, thence east to shore.

(f) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24B north of a line projected true west from Kayak Point and south and west of a line from Kayak Point to Barnum Point.

(g) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of a line from the new Dungeness Light to the mouth of Cooper Creek are closed through November 15th of each year and when open there is a 30 pot per vessel limit in these waters.

(h) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 26B, 26C, and 26D.

(i) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25D within a line projected from the Point Hudson Marina entrance to the northern tip of Indian Island, thence to Kala Point, and thence following the shoreline to the point of origin.

(3) The following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing during the periods indicated:

(a) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24C inshore of the 400 foot depth contour within an area bounded by parallel lines projected northeasterly from Sandy Point and the entrance to the marina at Langley are closed October 1 through October 31, and March 1 through April 15 of each year.

(b) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 26A in Useless Bay north and east of a line from Indian Point to a point on shore 1.5 miles northeast of Double Bluff are closed October 1 through October 31, and March 1 through April 15 of each year.

(c) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 21B inside lines from Oyster Creek to the fisheries monument on Samish Island and from Oyster Creek to Point Williams are closed shoreward of the ten fathom contour October 1 through October 31, and March 1 through April 15 of each year.

(d) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22B in Fidalgo Bay south of a line projected from the red number 4 entrance buoy at Cap Sante Marina to the northern end of the eastern most oil dock are closed October 1 through October 31, and March 1 through April 15 of each year.

(4) The following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing until further notice:

(a) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24A within a line projected .4 nautical miles due northwest from Rocky Point, thence to the red number 2 buoy, thence to Brown Point.

(b) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24D south of a line from Dines Point to the point just north of Beverly Beach.

(c) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 24B and 26A inside lines projected from the five-meter tower between Gedney Island and Priest Point to the north tip of Jetty Island and from the five-meter tower to the Rucker Hill radio tower at Pigeon Creek No. 1.

(d) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 26A within a line from the green number 1 buoy at Scatchet Head to the green number 1 buoy at Possession Point thence following the 200 foot contour to a point due east from the Glendale Dock.

(e) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 21B in Samish Bay south of a line from Oyster Creek to the fisheries management monument on Samish Island.

(f) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22A in Westcott and Garrison Bays east of a line projected due south from Point White to San Juan Island.

(g) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 20A in Birch Bay east of a line projected from the boat ramp at the western boundary of Birch Bay State Park to the western point of the entrance to the Birch Bay Marina.

(h) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 21A shoreward of the ten-fathom (MLLW) contour in Chuckanut Bay.

(i) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22A in Blind Bay south of a line projected due west from Point Hudson to Shaw Island.

(j) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22A in Deer Harbor north of a line projected from Steep Point to Pole Pass.

(k) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22A in Fisherman Bay south of a line projected east-west through the red number 4 entrance buoy.

(l) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22A in Mud Bay south of a line projected from Lopez Island through Crab and Fortress Islands to Lopez Island.

(m) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22B in Padilla Bay within a line projected from the northern end of the eastern most oil dock to the red number 2 buoy, thence southeasterly to the red number 8 buoy, thence west to shore.

(n) All waters in the San Juan Islands Marine Preserve Area.

(5) Coastal, Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Willapa Harbor and Columbia River waters - open December 1 through September 15 except that it is lawful to set baited crab gear beginning at 8:00 a.m. November 28 unless the coastal crab fishery is delayed, in which case the following provisions apply:

(a) After consultation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the director will, by emergency rule, establish the softshell crab demarcation line.

(b) It is unlawful for a fisher to fish north of the softshell crab demarcation line for the first thirty days following the opening of a delayed season unless the fishery license holder or primary operator certifies that the vessel designated for use on that license did not participate in the coastal crab fishery south of the softshell crab demarcation line during the previous forty-five days. This certification is an instrument for purposes of RCW 40.16.030.

(c) Fishers may not set crab gear north of the softshell crab demarcation line more than sixty-four hours in advance of the season opening time.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 94-12-009 (Order 94-23), 220-52-046, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94; 93-15-051, 220-52-046, filed 7/14/93, effective 8/14/93; 91-10-024 (Order 91-22), 220-52-046, filed 4/23/91, effective 5/24/91; 87-05-038 (Order 87-08), 220-52-046, filed 2/18/87; 85-01-010 (Order 84-214), 220-52-046, filed 12/7/84; 84-08-014 (Order 84-24), 220-52-046, filed 3/27/84; 83-01-026 (Order 82-221), 220-52-046, filed 12/8/82; 80-13-064 (Order 80-123), 220-52-046, filed 9/17/80; Order 76-152, 220-52-046, filed 12/17/76; Order 1179, 220-52-046, filed 11/19/74; Order 1112, 220-52-046, filed 4/15/74; Order 1057, 220-52-046, filed 5/22/73; Order 920, 220-52-046, filed 5/13/71; Order 807, 220-52-046, filed 1/2/69, effective 2/1/69. Formerly WAC 220-52-040 (2), (3), (4) and (9).]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 94-23, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94)

WAC 220-52-075 Shellfish harvest logs. It is unlawful for any vessel operator engaged in commercial crawfish, sea cucumber, sea urchin, scallop, shrimp other than ocean pink shrimp, squid, octopus, or sand shrimp fishing or operator of mechanical clam digging device to fail to obtain and accurately maintain the appropriate harvest log available from the Washington department of ((fisheries)) fish and wildlife. The harvest log must be kept aboard the vessel while the vessel is engaged in harvest or has crawfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, shrimp other than ocean pink shrimp, squid, octopus, scallops, clams, or sand shrimp aboard. The vessel operator must submit the harvest logs for inspection upon request by authorized department of ((fisheries)) fish and wildlife representatives. The department's copies of the completed harvest log must be submitted to the department for each calendar month in which fishing activity occurs. State copies must be received within ten days following any calendar month in which fishing activity occurred, except that commercial sea cucumber harvest logs must be received for each month of the season provided for in WAC 220-52-072 regardless of whether harvest activity occurred during the month, and all shellfish harvesters must submit a log that must be received by the tenth day following the termination of commercial fishing activity showing that shellfish harvest has terminated for the year.

(1) Vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of shrimp or crawfish with shellfish pot or ring net gear must record the vessel Washington department of ((fisheries)) fish and wildlife boat registration number, number of pots or ring nets pulled, date pulled, soak time, and gear location before leaving the catch area where taken, and weights must be recorded upon landing or sale. In addition, vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of shrimp in Puget Sound Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 27A, 27B, or 27C (Hood Canal) must record the total number of pots they have in the water and the total number of buoys attached to those pots, and the department's copy of the completed harvest log must be submitted weekly, postmarked no later than Friday and showing harvest activity for the period Thursday of the week previous to submission through Wednesday of the week the harvest log is submitted.

(2) Vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of shrimp other than ocean pink shrimp with beam trawl or shrimp trawl gear must record the vessel identity, date, location fished, trawl width, Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area, depth fished, latitude and longitude to the nearest tenth of a minute or to the nearest second at the beginning and end of each tow, tow speed, duration of tow and estimated weight of shrimp of each species caught for each tow before leaving the catch area where taken.

(3) Vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of sea urchins or sea cucumbers must record the vessel identity, date, location, and the approximate number of sea urchins or sea cucumbers before leaving the catch area where taken and the exact weight must be recorded upon landing or sale.

(4) Vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of clams with mechanical digging devices must record the vessel identity, location, and date of harvest before the end of each day's fishing and the weights by clam species must be recorded upon landing or sale.

(5) Vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of scallops must record the vessel identity, date, location, and duration of harvest and estimated weight of scallops caught for each tow or dive hour before leaving the catch area where taken.

(6) Vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of squid, except when taken incidental to any other lawful fishery, must record before leaving the Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area where taken, the vessel ((WDF)) department of fish and wildlife boat registration number, gear type, catch area, starting and ending time of fishing, and numbers of other species caught and returned. Weights of squid must be recorded on landing or sale.

(7) Vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of octopus, except when taken incidental to any other lawful fishery, must record before leaving the Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area where taken, the vessel ((WDF)) department of fish and wildlife boat registration number, gear type and amount, catch area and hours fished. Weights of octopus must be recorded on landing or sale.

(8) Vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of sand shrimp, except when taken incidental to any other lawful fishery, must record the location or identification number of the harvest tract, date of harvest, number of trenches pumped, average length and width of trenches (yards), total number of sand shrimp retained (dozens), total number of sand shrimp sold (dozens), and the name of the sand shrimp buyer.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 94-12-009 (Order 94-23), 220-52-075, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94; 93-15-051, 220-52-075, filed 7/14/93, effective 8/14/93; 91-10-024 (Order 91-22), 220-52-075, filed 4/23/91, effective 5/24/91; 87-15-022 (Order 87-69), 220-52-075, filed 7/8/87; 87-02-013 (Order 86-199), 220-52-075, filed 12/30/86; 84-08-014 (Order 84-24), 220-52-075, filed 3/27/84; 83-09-014 (Order 83-24), 220-52-075, filed 4/12/83; 82-03-045 (Order 82-6), 220-52-075, filed 1/19/82; 81-11-006 (Order 81-31), 220-52-075, filed 5/11/81; 80-13-064 (Order 80-123), 220-52-075, filed 9/17/80; 79-12-039 (Order 79-129), 220-52-075, filed 11/20/79; 79-02-053 (Order 79-6), 220-52-075, filed 1/30/79.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 86-102, filed 9/12/86)

WAC 220-69-240 Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers. (1) Every person originally receiving or purchasing fresh or iced food fish or shellfish or parts thereof, or frozen food fish or shellfish or parts thereof that have not been previously landed in another state, territory, or country from fishermen, firms, or individuals, regardless of whether or not the receiver or purchaser holds a license as required under Title 75 RCW, must immediately, completely, accurately, and legibly prepare the appropriate state of Washington fish receiving ticket regarding each and every purchase or receipt of such commodities. Any employee of a licensed wholesale dealer who has authorization to receive or purchase fish or shellfish for that dealer on the premises of the primary business address or any of its branch plant locations shall be authorized to initiate and sign fish receiving tickets on behalf of his employer. The business or firm shall be responsible for the accuracy and legibility of all such documents initiated in its name. Each delivery must be recorded on a separate state of Washington fish receiving ticket.

(2) State of Washington fish receiving tickets are required for:

(a) Fresh food fish and shellfish landed in the state of Washington.

(b) Fresh food fish and shellfish previously landed in another state, territory, or country and shipped or transported into the state of Washington to an original receiver.

(c) Frozen food fish or shellfish not previously landed in another state, territory, or country and shipped or transported into the state of Washington to an original receiver.

(3) State of Washington fish receiving tickets are not required for:

(a) Purchases or receipts made by individuals or consumers at retail.

(b) Purchases or receipts from any person possessing a valid Washington wholesale dealer's license except that a wholesale dealer purchasing fish from a commercial fisherman or shellfish gatherer shall complete the appropriate fish receiving ticket regardless of whether the commercial fisherman or shellfish gatherer possesses a wholesale dealer's license. It is the purchaser's responsibility to obtain the name, address, and Washington wholesale dealer's license number, together with such sales receipt documents or information as may be required, to show the deliverer's name, quantity of fish, and date of the transaction and retain these with the food fish or shellfish.

(c) Fresh or frozen food fish or shellfish that are in transit through the state of Washington, if no storage, handling, processing, or repackaging occurs within the state.

(d) Private sector cultured aquatic products.

(4) Fishermen, fishermen-wholesalers, and wholesalers shall determine the weight of baitfish contained in an average and normal brail and multiply the number of such brailers of baitfish by this weight factor and report such baitfish in both dozens and total weight: Provided, That it is lawful for such fishermen, fishermen-wholesalers, and wholesalers, when receiving herring, candlefish, anchovy, or pilchards for bait purposes, to delay completing that portion of the fish receiving ticket which indicates number of herring received, only if the herring, candlefish, anchovy, or pilchards are sold individually or counted as dozens. Such counts must be entered on the fish tickets immediately. An estimate of herring, candlefish, anchovy, or pilchards caught but not sold due to mortality must be included on the fish ticket as "loss estimate."

(5) It is lawful for an original receiver, when receiving purse seine-caught herring taken from Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, and 21B during the period April 15 through May 31, to delay completing that portion of the fish receiving ticket which indicates the weight of herring received only until the herring are off-loaded from the original receiver's vessel. The herring must then be weighed and the weight immediately entered in the appropriate space on the ticket. A separate state of Washington fish receiving ticket must be initiated at the time of each individual receipt of herring from the purse seine catching vessel.

(6) The original receiver of herring taken from Puget Sound Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, and 21B, during the period April 16 through May 31 must report each calendar day's receipts by noon of the following day to the Department of ((Fisheries)) Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Washington; telephone (360) 753-6637.

(7) It is unlawful for any person receiving or purchasing geoducks from fishermen, firms, or individuals, regardless of whether or not the purchaser or receiver holds a license as required under Title 75 RCW, to fail to accurately and legibly complete the fish receiving ticket initiated on the harvest tract immediately upon the actual landing of geoducks from the harvesting vessel onto the shore. This fish receiving ticket shall accompany the harvested geoducks from the department of natural resources harvest tract to the point of landing.

(8) It is unlawful for the original receiver of Pacific whiting to fail to enter an estimated weight of Pacific whiting on the fish receiving ticket immediately upon completion of the landing. The exact weights of whiting, by grade, and all incidental species in the landing must be entered on the fish receiving ticket within twenty-four hours of the landing.

(9) It is unlawful for the original receiver of shrimp other than ghost shrimp taken from Puget Sound to fail to report to the department the previous day's purchases by 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Such report must be by telephone call to the Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory or by facsimile transmission (FAX) to the Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory. All reports must specify the total number of pounds caught by gear type, Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area, and species. The fish receiving ticket reporting requirement of WAC 220-69-240 remains in effect.

(10) It is unlawful for the original receiver to fail to initiate the completion of the fish receiving ticket immediately upon receipt of any portion of a commercial catch. Should the unloading of a catch take more than one day, the date that the unloading is completed shall be entered on the fish receiving ticket as the date of landing. If, for any purpose, the vessel leaves the unloading site, the original receiver must immediately enter the current date on the fish receiving ticket.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 75.58.040. 86-19-043 (Order 86-102), 220-69-240, filed 9/12/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 85-11-020 (Order 85-43), 220-69-240, filed 5/10/85; 83-24-049 (Order 83-203), 220-69-240, filed 12/2/83; 82-17-040 (Order 82-105), 220-69-240, filed 8/13/82; 81-11-006 (Order 81-31), 220-69-240, filed 5/11/81; Order 77-14, 220-69-240, filed 4/15/77; Order 76-153, 220-69-240, filed 12/17/76.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 94-14, filed 3/17/94, effective 4/17/94)

WAC 220-88A-070 Emerging commercial fishery--Puget Sound shrimp pot experimental fishery--Seasons and gear--Spot prawn restriction. It is unlawful to fish for shrimp for commercial purposes in Puget Sound using shellfish pot gear except as provided for in this section:

(1) Seasons - All waters of Puget Sound are open to shellfish pot gear April 16 through October 15 except:

(a) Open in Shrimp District((s 1,)) 2((, and 3)) from May 16 through September 15 only((, except those waters of Shrimp District 1 within a line from the entrance to the Cape George Marina projected southwesterly to the easternmost tip of Diamond Point thence southeasterly to the westernmost tip of Beckett Point thence following the shore to the point of origin are closed to shrimp fishing)).

(b) Closed in Shrimp Districts 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 unless opened by emergency regulation.

(c) Open in the waters of Lopez Sound south of a line projected east and west from the northern tip of Trump Island from July 10 through October 15 only.

(d) Closed in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24C inshore of the 42 fathom depth contour from Onamac Point, Camano Island, to Sunset Beach, Camano Island.

(e) Closed in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 26A within two nautical miles of the number 1 bell buoy at Possession Point.

(2) Gear restrictions -

(a) In all areas, maximum 100 pots per fisher, except:

(i) Maximum 75 pots per fisher in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 28B.

(ii) Maximum ((25 pots per fisher in Shrimp District 1.

(iii) Maximum)) 50 pots per fisher in Shrimp District((s)) 2 ((and 5.

(iv) Maximum 10 pots per fisher in Shrimp District 3)).

(b) In all shrimp districts:

(i) Buoys must be orange in color and consist of durable material that will remain floating on the surface with five pounds attached; bleach or antifreeze bottles or other containers may not be used as floats.

(ii) The line attaching the pot to the buoy must be weighted sufficiently to prevent the line from floating on the surface.

(c) In Shrimp District((s)) 2 ((and 5)):

(i) The entire top, bottom and sides of the pot, except entrance tunnels, must be constructed of mesh material having a minimum mesh of such size that a 7/8 inch square peg can pass through without changing the shape of the opening.

(ii) All entrance tunnels must open into the pot from the sides.

(iii) The sum of the maximum widths of all entrance tunnels must not exceed one-half of the perimeter of the bottom of the pot.

(3) Spot shrimp size restriction: It is unlawful to possess spot shrimp taken by shellfish pot gear that average more than 20 shrimp per pound as sampled by a minimum of two samples of at least one pound each of whole unbroken shrimp taken at random from throughout the individual load landed or in possession.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.28.740 and 75.30.220. 94-07-092 (Order 94-14), 220-88A-070, filed 3/17/94, effective 4/17/94.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 94-96, filed 9/7/94, effective 10/8/94 WAC 220-88A-080 Emerging commercial fishery--Puget Sound shrimp beam trawl experimental fishery--Seasons and gear. It is unlawful to fish for shrimp for commercial purposes in Puget Sound using trawl gear except as provided for in this section:

(1) Seasons - Open April 16 through October 15 in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, ((21A,)) 22A, ((22B,)) 23A, 23B, 23C, 25A, 25B and 29 except ((closed in)):

(a) ((Those waters of Area 20A east of a line projected from Point Whitehorn to Sandy Point the entire year.

(b) Those waters of Area 20A within an area bounded by lines from Lilly Point to Birch Point and from the southwest corner of Point Roberts to Point Whitehorn to where these two lines are intersected by a line south from Kwomais Point in British Columbia and a line from Lilly Point to the north Alden Bank Buoy from April 16 through May 31.

(c) Those waters of Area 20A within an area bounded by lines from Lilly Point to Birch Point and Lilly Point to the north Alden Bank buoy to where those lines are intersected by a line projected approximately 230 degrees south from Birch Point to Alden Point on Patos Island from June 1 through June 30.)) Open July 10 through October 15 in the waters of Lopez Sound (22A) south of a line projected east and west from the northern tip of Trump Island.

(b) Closed in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 20A in waters less than 60 fathoms deep, and no trawling is allowed from April 16 through July 15.

(c) Trawling is prohibited in waters less than 100 feet deep.

(d) Trawling is prohibited in Shrimp Districts 1, 2, 3 ((and)), 4, 5, and 6.

(2) Gear restrictions - Beam trawl gear only. Otter trawl gear may not be used.

(a) Maximum beam width in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, and 22A is 25 feet.

(b) Maximum beam width in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 23A, 23B, 23C, 25A, 25B, and 29 is 60 feet.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 94-19-001 (Order 94-96), 220-88A-080, filed 9/7/94, effective 10/8/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.28.740 and 75.30.220. 94-07-092 (Order 94-14), 220-88A-080, filed 3/17/94, effective 4/17/94.]

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