WSR 06-04-002




[ Filed January 19, 2006, 8:14 a.m. ]

     Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial and personal use 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: Commercial and personal use sturgeon size rules in the Columbia River are set jointly through the Washington-Oregon Columbia River sturgeon management plan. Adjustments to the size limits are needed to conform to this plan.

     Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Oregon department of fish and wildlife (ODFW), these rules are being changed to conform to agreements between ODFW and Washington department of fish and wildlife.

     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 March 16, 2006, expected proposal filing on or after March 17, 2006.

January 18, 2006

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator