FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: May 20, 2003.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-52-073 and 220-69-240.
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: Harvestable amounts of red sea urchins exist in the areas described. Prohibition of all diving within two days of scheduled sea urchin openings discourages the practice of fishing on closed days and hiding the unlawful catch underwater until the legal opening. The phone numbers (fax and voice message) have been changed for the required sea urchin fishery landing reports. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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:
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Effective Date of Rule: June 9, 2003, 12:01 a.m.
May 20, 2003
J. P. Koenings
by Larry Peck
(1) Red sea urchins: Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 are open only on June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and July 1, and 2, 2003. Within Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 it is unlawful to harvest red sea urchins smaller than 4.0 inches or larger than 5.5 inches (size in largest test diameter exclusive of the spines).
(2) It is unlawful to dive for any purpose from a commercially licensed fishing vessel, except vessels actively fishing geoducks under contract with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, within Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 on Saturdays and Sundays of each week.