WSR 05-13-102

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

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

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Ocean spot shrimp fishery 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: This fishery is implemented under the Emerging Fisheries Act and we are adjusting rules as more information is developed regarding the fishery operation and the biology of the species. Rules being contemplated would add a conservative approach to preserve the viability and robustness of the shrimp population.

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