WSR 07-08-024

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-45 -- Filed March 27, 2007, 11:56 a.m. , effective March 27, 2007, 11:56 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900G and 232-28-61900T; 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: ESA-listed steelhead stage in this area near the mouth of the Methow River, especially in March. Steelhead fishing was not open in the Methow River this year due to low numbers of returning wild fish. This emergency rule is consistent with our federal permit "special conditions" to manage recreational fisheries to minimize impacts on ESA-listed salmonids and necessary to eliminate potential impacts to these listed fish. This rule was adopted by the fish and wildlife commission during the 2007/2008 permanent fishing rule process and is interim until permanent rules take effect.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: March 22, 2007.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900T   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Methow River   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective immediately through March 31, 2007, from mouth (Hwy. 97 Bridge) to Gold Creek, closed to all fishing.

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REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 232-28-61900G Exceptions to statewide rules -- Methow River. (06-291)

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2007:


WAC 232-28-61900T Exceptions to statewide rules -- Methow River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office