FISH AND WILDLIFE
Purpose: Amend personal use rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-27000W and 220-56-27000X; and amending WAC 220-56-270.
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 smelt fishery regulations are consistent with Level One fisheries in the "Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan" for the Columbia River. The lack of significant signs of smelt abundance in the Columbia River and tributaries as of mid-February supports reverting to a Level One fishery. The rule is consistent with Columbia River joint state hearing of February 23, 2005. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent regulations.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 25, 2005.
J. P. Koenings
by Larry Peck
1) Area: Mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam
Open Dates: 7 days/week
Hours: 24 hours per day
Daily limit: 25 pounds, possession limit 25 pounds
2) Area: Cowlitz River
Open Dates: Saturdays
Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Daily limit: 10 pounds
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
|WAC 220-56-27000W||Smelt -- Areas and seasons. (04-324)|
|WAC 220-56-27000X||Smelt -- Areas and seasons.|