WSR 03-07-068

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 03-54 -- Filed March 17, 2003, 4:01 p.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 232-28-61900R; 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: The 2002/2003 Chehalis River system and upper Quinault River wild winter steelhead runsizes are forecasted to be well above escapement needs. The fishing seasons are being extended to allow increased catch-and-release opportunity on the Chehalis River system and increased harvest opportunity on the Quinault River for returning wild steelhead. The extensions will also allow additional opportunity for anglers to harvest hatchery fish. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900R   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Chehalis River, Quinault River, Satsop River and Wynoochee River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

Chehalis River: Effective April 16, 2003 through April 30, 2003, it is lawful to fish for gamefish from the mouth to High Bridge on Weyerhauser 1000 line approximately 400 yards downstream of Roger Creek. Wild steelhead release in effect.

Quinault River: Effective April 1, 2003 through April 15, 2003, it is lawful to fish for gamefish from the mouth at upper end of Quinault Lake upstream to National Park boundary.

Satsop River and East Fork: Effective April 1, 2003 through April 15, 2003, it is lawful to fish for gamefish from the mouth to bridge at Schafer State Park. Wild steelhead release in effect.

Wynoochee River: Effective April 1, 2003 through April 15, 2003, it is lawful to fish for gamefish from the mouth to 7400 Line Bridge above mouth of Schafer Creek. Wild steelhead release in effect.

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REPEALER


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


WAC 232-28-61900R Exceptions to statewide rules -- Chehalis River, Quinault River, Satsop River and Wynoochee River.

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