FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: March 10, 2003.
Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-35000N; and amending WAC 220-56-350.
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 regulation is needed to adjust seasons to accommodate changes in resource abundance and state/tribal allocations. Reduced clam populations and overharvest of the recreational share in 2002 requires closure of the sport fishery at the Potlatch beaches, and a reduced season at Brown Point. An increased clam population at Port Townsend Ship Canal allows a longer sport season. These rules are interim until permanent rules takes effect.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: Immediately.
March 10, 2003
for Jeff Koenings
(1) Brown Point (DNR 57-B): Open immediately through April 15, 2003.
(2) Port Townsend Ship Canal/Portage Canal: Open immediately through April 30, 2003.
(3) Potlatch DNR tidelands: Closed until further notice.
(4) Potlatch East: Closed until further notice.
(5) Potlatch State Park: Closed until further notice.
(6) Eagle Creek: Closed until further notice.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. May 1, 2003:
|WAC 220-56-35000P||Clams other than razor clams, cockles, borers, mussels--Areas and seasons.|