WSR 05-16-056

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed July 28, 2005, 4:24 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial crab fishing 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: Puget Sound crab fishing rules need housekeeping modifications in order to update contact numbers, describe crab management boundaries and harvest dates currently being used for crab management, and redefine appropriate crustacean management areas as crab management areas.

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 Lew Atkins, Fish Program Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by September 15, 2005. Expected proposal filing on or after September 16, 2005.

July 28, 2005

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office