FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: March 7, 2003.
Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900M; and amending WAC 232-28-619.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.
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: This is an early implementation of regulatory action approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission for the protection of wild winter steelhead smolts and spawners in the East Fork Lewis and Washougal rivers. This rule is needed to protect wild steelhead spawners and adults until permanent regulations become effective. Staff will closely monitor future wild fish escapements to determine the need for any future rule changes. There is insufficient time to promulgate 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: March 16, 2003, 12:01 a.m.
March 7, 2003
J. P. Koenings
by Larry Peck
(1) East Fork Lewis River from mouth to the top boat ramp at Lewisville Park:
a) Closed to all fishing March 16, 2003 through April 15, 2003.
b) Open to the harvest of hatchery steelhead, selective gear rules April 16, 2003 through May 31, 2003.
(2) Washougal River from mouth to Mt. Norway Bridge at Vernon Road:
a) Selective gear rules April 16, 2003 through May 31, 2003.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. June 1, 2003:
|WAC 232-28-61900M||Exceptions to statewide rules -- East Fork Lewis River and Washougal River.|