WSR 04-13-004

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 04-128 -- Filed June 2, 2004, 4:07 p.m. , effective June 2, 2004 ]


Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-330.

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: Recent crab shell condition testing has shown that northern Saratoga Passage still has large numbers of soft crab. Soft shelled crab are subject to high mortality rates associated with handling. It is projected that shell condition criteria will be met in about two weeks. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: June 2, 2004.

June 2, 2004

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-33000J   Crab -- Areas and seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-330, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for crab for personal use in those waters of Saratoga Passage, Marine Area 8-1, south of a line that extends from Snatelum Pt. on Whidbey Island to Rocky Pt. on Camano Island.

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