WSR 06-19-004

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 06-234 -- Filed September 7, 2006, 11:30 a.m. , effective September 7, 2006, 11:59 p.m. ]


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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500H   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-255, effective 11:59 p.m. September 7, 2006 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 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)

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REPEALER

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)

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. October 1, 2006:


WAC 220-56-25500H Halibut seasons -- Daily and possession limits.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office