WSR 05-13-101

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed June 16, 2005, 9:29 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Shellfish disease rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Continued testing for the presence of Denman Island disease has documented the absence of this disease in an area currently defined as a prohibited area. Eliminating the defined area from the WAC language provides the shellfish grower industry more flexibility in their operations and the potential for higher economic yields.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Morris Barker, State Marine Resource Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, phone (360) 902-2826. Contact by August 4, 2005. Expected proposal filing on or after August 5, 2005.

June 16, 2005

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office