WSR 03-07-064

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 03-53 -- Filed March 17, 2003, 11:34 a.m. , effective April 1, 2003, 12:01 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: March 14, 2003.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900Q; 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: A significant number of hatchery-origin steelhead from the 2002/2003 run remain in the Columbia River near the Ringold Spring Rearing Facility. This harvest sport fishery will allow anglers the opportunity to take full advantage of the remaining hatchery-origin steelhead from the 2002/2003 run. NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) has given approval to continue a hatchery steelhead sport fishery in the Ringold Area Bank Fishery boundaries. The fishery will be monitored to assess 2003/2004 steelhead run impacts. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: April 1, 2003, 12:01 a.m.

March 14, 2003

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900Q   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2003 through April 15, 2003, in those waters of the Columbia River adjacent to Ringold Hatchery (in Franklin County north of Pasco) from the WDFW markers 1/4 mile downstream of the Ringold irrigation wasteway outlet to the markers 1/2 mile upstream of Spring Creek, the daily limit is two hatchery (Hatchery steelhead are identified by a missing adipose or ventral fin and a healed scar in the location of the missing fin.) steelhead, minimum size 20 inches in length. Fishing is only from the hatchery side (east bank) and only from the bank.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. April 16, 2003:


WAC 232-28-61900Q Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River.

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