FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-05100Z; and amending WAC 220-52-051.
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 2006 state/tribal Puget Sound shrimp harvest management plans requires adoption of harvest seasons contained in this emergency rule. The remaining spot shrimp quota areas have been closed in this regulation to protect egg bearing females. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 14, 2006.
Morris W. Barker
for Jeff Koenings
(1) Shrimp pot gear:
(a) All waters of Shrimp Management Areas 1B, 1C, 2, 3 and 6 outside the shrimp districts are open to the harvest of shrimp species other than spot shrimp immediately, until further notice, except as provided for in this section:
(i) It is unlawful to harvest shrimp for commercial purposes in Marine Fish/Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 23A-C, 23A-E, 23A-W, 26D and those waters in 25D south of the 48°06' North latitude line, north of the 48°04' North latitude line and east of the 122°46' west longitude.
(b) It is unlawful to fish for shrimp for commercial purposes in Puget Sound using shellfish pot gear in more than one Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area per day. Fishers may move all of their shellfish pot gear from one Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area to another Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area if a harvest report is made before the shellfish pot gear is moved. The harvest activity report must be made consistent with the provisions of WAC 220-52-075 and must also include the following additional information.
(i) The number of pots being moved to a new area and the Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area that the pots are being moved to.
(c) It is unlawful to set or pull shellfish pots in one Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area while in possession of shrimp harvested from another Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area except shellfish pots may be set in a new fishing area subsequent to making a report as indicated in Section 1(b) above.
(2) Shrimp beam trawl gear:
(a) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 21A north and west of a line from the southern tip of Sinclair Island to Carter Point on Lummi Island, and 22A, within Shrimp Management Area 1B, are open immediately, until further notice.
(b) Shrimp Management Area 3 outside of the shrimp districts is open immediately until further notice.
(3) All shrimp taken under this section must be sold to licensed Washington wholesale fish dealers.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
|WAC 220-52-05100Z||Puget Sound shrimp beam trawl fishery -- Season (06-231)|