WSR 05-06-006

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 05-23 -- Filed February 18, 2005, 3:11 p.m. , effective February 22, 2005 ]


Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-282.

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: The one single-point barbless hook rule for sturgeon, adopted at the February 4-5, 2005, Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, will be implemented statewide May 1, 2005. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife implemented the one single-point barbless hook requirement for sturgeon on January 1, 2005. This emergency rule change is needed to maintain concurrent regulations with Oregon in adjacent boundary waters until the permanent statewide rule takes effect.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 16, 2005.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-28200H   Sturgeon, -- Areas, seasons, limits and unlawful acts.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-282, effective February 22, 2005, until further notice, in those waters of the Columbia River and adjacent tributaries, it is unlawful to fish for sturgeon with terminal gear other than bait and one single barbless hook.

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Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

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