WSR 06-19-080

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed September 19, 2006, 10:55 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial fishing rules in the Columbia River and coastal harbors.

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: Rule amendments are needed to clarify boundaries, special fishing areas, allowable fishing gear, redescribe fishing sanctuaries, sturgeon retention rules and provide descriptions of tribal off-reservation subsistence sturgeon rules.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 January 2, 2007. Expected proposal filing on or after January 5, 2007.

Morris W. Barker

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office