FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: September 7, 2006, 11:59 p.m.
Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500G and 220-56-25500H; 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: The Columbia River (Ilwaco and Chinook) recreational halibut fishery has exceeded its Pacific halibut quota. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 7, 2006.
J. P. Koenings
(a) Catch Record Card Areas 1 through 4 - Closed.
(b) Effective immediately through September 30, 2006 when halibut fishing is closed in Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 it is unlawful to fish for or possess rockfish and lingcod seaward of a line approximating the 20-fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates:
Beginning at the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, at 48° 23.87' N; 124° 44.17' W
Then to 48° 23.60' N; 124° 44.90' W
Then to 48° 19.10' N; 124° 43.40' W
Then to 48° 18.20' N; 124° 46.40' W (intersection with 3-mile line)
Then follow the 3-mile line south to the Queets River (47° 31.70' N)
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 11:59 p.m. September 7, 2006:
|WAC 220-56-25500G||Halibut seasons -- Daily and possession limits. (06-164)|
|WAC 220-56-25500H||Halibut seasons -- Daily and possession limits.|