WSR 03-07-032

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 03-50 -- Filed March 12, 2003, 10:14 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: March 11, 2003.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-23000A, 220-56-23500Q and 220-56-25000E; and amending WAC 220-56-230, 220-56-235, and 220-56-250.

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: These rules are necessary to remain consistent with federal rules that became effective March 1, 2003. Rule is needed to meet conservation goals of the new rules and provide for additional fishing opportunity for lingcod. These rules are interim until permanent rules take effect May 1, 2003.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 3.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: Immediately.

March 11, 2003

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-23000A   Bottomfish--Closed areas.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-230, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for or possess bottomfish in the area enclosed by the following coordinates:

4818'00" N latitude; 12518'00" W longitude; then east to 4818'00" N latitude; 12459'00" W longitude; then south to 4811'00" N latitude; 12459'00" W longitude; then west to 4811'00" N latitude; 12511'00" W longitude; then south to 4804'00" N latitude; 12511'00" W longitude; then east to 4804'00" N latitude; 12459'00" W longitude; then south to 4800'00" N latitude; 12459'00" W longitude; then west to 4800'00" N latitude; 12518'00" W longitude; then north to 1st coordinate.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-23500Q   Possession limits--Bottomfish.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-235, effective immediately until further notice, in those waters of Catch Record Card Areas 1 through 4 the daily bag limit is 15 bottomfish of all species combined. This includes sublimits of no more than 10 rockfish of which no more than one may be a canary rockfish and release all yelloweye.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25000E   Lingcod--Areas and seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-250, effective 12:01 a.m. March 16, 2003 until further notice, it is lawful to fish for and possess lingcod for personal use in Catch Record Card Areas 1, 2, and 3.

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REPEALER


The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code area repealed effective 12:01 a.m. May 1, 2003:


WAC 220-56-23000A Bottomfish--Closed areas.
WAC 220-56-23500Q Possession limits--Bottomfish.
WAC 220-56-25000E Lingcod--Areas and seasons.

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