PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
FISH AND WILDLIFE
Subject of Possible Rule Making: 2003 federal groundfish buy-back rules.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 174, Laws of 2003, and RCW 77.12.047.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is to set a reimbursement rate that will fund the license buy-back.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: NOAA fisheries is administering the program and will coordinate the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife efforts for implementation.
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 Jim Lux, Business Services Program, Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1076, phone (360) 902-2444. Contact by April 1, 2004. Expected proposal filing April 2, 2004.
February 12, 2004