WSR 04-13-034

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 04-135 -- Filed June 9, 2004, 1:58 p.m. , effective June 13, 2004, 3:00 p.m. ]


Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-32500S; and amending WAC 220-56-325.

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 is needed to ensure an orderly fishery, manage within court-ordered sharing requirements, and to ensure conservation. The state recreational share of spot shrimp has been taken in the areas closed under this rule. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 8, 2004.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-32500T   Shrimp -- Areas and seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-325:

1) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for or possess shrimp taken for personal use in all waters of the Port Townsend Shrimp District, except as provided for in this section:

(a) All waters of the Port Townsend Shrimp District south of a line from Kala Point to Walan Point are open Thursdays and Saturdays of each week to the harvest of all shrimp, except Spot shrimp.

(b) It is unlawful to possess spot shrimp and all spot shrimp must immediately be returned to the water unharmed.

2) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for or possess shrimp taken for personal use in all waters of Marine Area 10 and Marine Area 7 south of a line from Biz Point on Fidalgo Island to Cape St Mary on Lopez Island, then south of the shores of Lopez Island to Davis Point, then south of a line from Davis Point to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then south of the shores of San Juan Island to Lime Kiln Point light, then south of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light to the international boundary.

3) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for or possess shrimp taken for personal use in all waters of Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2, Marine Area 9 outside of the Port Townsend Shrimp District, and Marine Area 11, except as provided for in this section:

(a) Open to the harvest of all shrimp species except spot shrimp, and all spot shrimp must immediately be returned to the water unharmed.

(b) It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.

4) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for or possess shrimp taken for personal use in all waters of the Discovery Bay Shrimp District except from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Gear must be removed from the water during closed periods and spot shrimp may be retained on Saturdays only

5) Effective 3:00 p.m. June 13, it is unlawful to fish for or possess shrimp taken for personal use in all waters of the Port Angeles Shrimp District.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 3:00 p.m. on June 13, 2004:


WAC 220-56-32500S Shrimp -- Areas and seasons (04-127)

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