WSR 06-09-052

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 06-84 -- Filed April 14, 2006, 4:15 p.m. , effective April 19, 2006, 8:00 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: April 19, 2006, 8:00 a.m.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-04600M; and amending WAC 220-52-046.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.240.

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: Negotiated season provide for this increased area of harvest 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: April 14, 2006.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-04600P   Coastal crab seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-046, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful for commercial fishers to fish for or take crab for commercial purposes, or place gear, in the following areas during the periods indicated:


Quinault:

Effective 8:00 a.m. April 19, 2006 it is unlawful for any person or vessel that is designated on a Coastal Dungeness Crab License to deploy, maintain, operate, or control more than 100 pots per license within the following area, except as otherwise prohibited (see below), defined by the following coordinates:

Northeast Corner (Raft River): 47.28.00 N - 124 20.70 W
Northwest Corner: 47.28.00 N - 12433.00 W
Southwest Corner: 4708.00 N - 12423.50 W
Southeast Corner (Copalis River): 4708.00 N - 12411.20 W

Prior to any person deploying crab pots within this area, the license holder must register with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Within the area defined above, it is unlawful for any person to fish for Dungeness crab in the area described as the area shoreward of the 20-fathom depth curve from the Quinault River to the Copalis River as defined by the following coordinates:


Northeast Corner (Quinault River): 4721.00 N - 12418.00 W
Northwest Corner: 4721.00 N - 12427.00 W
Southwest Corner: 4708.00 N - 12419.00 W
Southeast Corner: (Copalis River): 4708.00 N - 12411.20 W

Quileute:

Closed until 8:00 a.m. May 1, 2006. Effective 8:00 a.m. May 1 through 7:59 a.m. June 1, 2006 it is unlawful for any person or vessel that is designated on a Coastal Dungeness Crab license to deploy, maintain, operate, or control more than 100 pots per license within the area described as the area shoreward of a line approximating the 30-fathom depth curve between Destruction Island and Cape Johnson defined by the following coordinates:


Northeast Corner (Cape Johnson): 4758.00 N - 12440.40 W
Northwest Corner: 4758.00 N - 12449.00 W
Southwest Corner: 4740.50 N - 12440.50 W
Southeast Corner (Destruction Island): 4740.50 N - 12424.43 W

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 8:00 a.m. April 19, 2006:


WAC 220-52-04600M Coastal crab seasons. (Order 06-51)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office