PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
FISH AND WILDLIFE
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules pertaining to the control and prevention of shellfish pests and diseases.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.60.060.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Identify areas of oyster drill infestations and listing areas of Denman Island oyster disease infestation as prohibited areas and listing Denman surveillance areas to protect native shellfish stocks and the shellfish grower industry. These actions will help prevent the spread of drills and diseases from these infested areas.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Morris Barker, State Marine Resource Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2826.
Contact by February 5, 2004. Expected filing date is February 6, 2004.
December 2, 2003