WSR 98-15-032

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[Order 98-119--Filed July 7, 1998, 3:29 p.m.]



Date of Adoption: June 13, 1998.

Purpose: To modify minimum size limit for lingcod from 22 inches to 24 inches in catch areas 1 through 4 and remove redundant language from rule text.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-235.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.080.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-09-086 on April 21, 1998.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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

July 7, 1998

Larry W. Peck

for Bern Shanks

Director

OTS-2116.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 97-53, filed 3/19/97, effective 5/1/97)



WAC 220-56-235  Possession limits--Bottomfish. It is unlawful for any person to take in any day more than the following quantities of bottomfish for personal use. The possession limit at any time shall not exceed the equivalent of two daily limits in fresh, frozen or processed form. Unless otherwise provided bottomfish fishing is open the entire year.

(1) Coastal (Catch Record Card Areas 1 through 4):

(a) Lingcod:

(i) 3 fish minimum length ((22)) 24 inches in Catch Record Card Areas 1 through 3 and Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line;

(ii) 2 fish minimum length ((22)) 24 inches in Catch Record Card Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.

(b) Rockfish - 10 fish.

(c) Surfperch (excluding shiner perch) - 15 fish.

(d) Wolfeel - 2 fish east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.

(e) Cabezon - 2 fish east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.

(f) All other species - no limit.

(2) Inner Puget Sound (Catch Record Card Areas 5 through 13):

(a) Catch Record Card Areas 5 and 6 - 15 fish in the aggregate of all species and species groups of bottomfish, which may include no more than:

Rockfish 5 fish
Surfperch 10 fish
Pacific cod 2 fish
Pollock 2 fish
Flatfish (except halibut) 15 fish
Lingcod 1 fish
Wolf-eel 2 fish
Cabezon 2 fish

(b) Catch Record Card Area 7 - 15 fish in the aggregate of all species of bottomfish, which may include no more than:

Rockfish 5 fish
Surfperch 10 fish
Pacific cod 2 fish
Flatfish (except halibut) 15 fish
Lingcod 1 fish
Wolf-eel 0 fish
Cabezon 2 fish
Pollock 2 fish

(c) Catch Record Card Areas 8-1 through 13 - 15 fish in the aggregate of all species and species groups of bottomfish, which may include no more than:

Rockfish 3 fish
Surfperch 10 fish
Pacific cod 0 fish
Pollock 0 fish
Flatfish (except halibut) 15 fish
Lingcod 1 fish
Wolf-eel 0 fish
Cabezon 2 fish

(d) It is unlawful to possess lingcod taken by angling less than 26 inches in length or greater than 40 inches in length.

(e) The daily limit taken by spear fishing may include no more than one lingcod. There is no size restriction on the one lingcod allowed in the daily limit if taken by spear fishing.

(f) ((It is unlawful to use a gaff to land lingcod taken in Catch Record Card Areas 5 through 13.

(g))) It is unlawful to retain cabezon taken from Catch Record Card Areas 5 through 13 from December 1 through April 30.



[Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-07-078 (Order 97-53), 220-56-235, filed 3/19/97, effective 5/1/97; 96-05-004 (Order 96-13), 220-56-235, filed 2/9/96, effective 5/1/96; 95-04-066 (Order 95-10), 220-56-235, filed 1/30/95, effective 5/1/95; 94-14-069, 220-56-235, filed 7/1/94, effective 8/1/94; 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), 220-56-235, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; 92-11-012 (Order 92-19), 220-56-235, filed 5/12/92, effective 6/12/92; 91-08-054 (Order 91-13), 220-56-235, filed 4/2/91, effective 5/3/91; 90-06-026, 220-56-235, filed 2/28/90, effective 3/31/90; 89-07-060 (Order 89-12), 220-56-235, filed 3/16/89; 88-10-013 (Order 88-15), 220-56-235, filed 4/26/88; 85-09-017 (Order 85-20), 220-56-235, filed 4/9/85; 84-09-026 (Order 84-22), 220-56-235, filed 4/11/84; 83-07-043 (Order 83-16), 220-56-235, filed 3/17/83; 80-07-017 (Order 80-45), 220-56-235, filed 6/11/80; 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), 220-56-235, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80.]

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