WSR 05-15-083

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 05-147 -- Filed July 14, 2005, 4:41 p.m. , effective July 14, 2005 ]


Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500W; and amending WAC 220-56-255.

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: There is sufficient quota remaining to accommodate incidental catches of halibut in this small area, but insufficient quota to provide a targeted offshore halibut fishing opportunity. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: July 13, 2005.

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500X   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-255, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess halibut taken for personal use except from the areas or in excess of the amounts provided for in this section:

(a) Catch Record Card Area 1 - Closed

(b) Catch Record Card Area 2 - Closed, except lawful to retain halibut in those waters south of Queets River (47 deg, 31.70'N lat.) to 47 deg, 00.00'N lat. and east of 124 deg 40.00'W long. from 12:01 a.m. each Friday through 11:59 p.m. each Saturday, until further notice.

(c) Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 - Closed

(d) Catch Record Card Area 5 - Open through July 31, 2005, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

(e) Catch Record Card Areas 6 through 11 and Catch Record Card Area 13 - Closed.

(2) Daily limit one halibut.

(3) The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. July 15, 2005:


WAC 220-56-25500W Halibut -- Seasons daily and possession limits. (05-123)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office