FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: April 8, 2004.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-33-03000U; and amending WAC 220-33-030.
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: This regulation sets the standard shad commercial fishery in the lower Columbia River. Harvestable numbers of shad are expected in 2004. This rule is consistent with actions of the Columbia River compact hearing of February 5, 2004, and is consistent with requirements of the ESA. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: May 17, 2004, 3:00 p.m.
April 8, 2004
J. P. Koenings
Area: Area 2S. True north/south line through Light #50 near the mouth of the Sandy River upstream to the commercial fishing boundary near Beacon Rock.
Dates: Daily, 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. from:
May 17 - May 21, 2004
May 24 - May 28, 2004
June 1 - June 4, 2004
June 7 - June 11, 2004
June 14 - June 18, 2004
June 21 - June 25, 2004
Gear: Single-wall, unslacked, floater gill net, with breaking strength of less than 10 pounds. Mesh size: 5 3/8 inches to 6 1/4 inches. The net may not exceed 150 fathoms in length nor 40 meshes in depth.
Allowable Sale: During the fishing periods provided in this section, only shad may be kept and sold. All salmonids, walleye and sturgeon must be immediately returned to the water and those alive must be released unharmed.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 10:01 p.m. June 25, 2004:
|WAC 220-33-03000U||Commercial shad--Columbia River.|