WSR 07-07-020

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-33 -- Filed March 9, 2007, 2:30 p.m. , effective March 16, 2007, 12:01 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: March 16, 2007, 12:01 a.m.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900R; and amending WAC 232-28-619.

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: Only 2,100 adult spring chinook are expected to return to Wind River in 2007. An estimated 1,300 fish are needed to meet escapement goals leaving 800 for tribal and sport harvest. A full sport fishery will not meet escapement needs. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: March 8, 2007.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900R   Wind River (Skamania Co.)   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective March 16 through June 30, 2007, it is unlawful to fish for salmonids in those waters of the Wind River except from boundary line/markers to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls. Daily limit of one hatchery salmon greater than 12 inches in length or one hatchery steelhead greater than 20 inches in length. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective July 1, 2007:


WAC 232-28-61900R Wind River (Skamania Co.)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office