WSR 07-08-062

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed March 29, 2007, 11:32 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial bottom fish rules.

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: Provide updated rules to match changes in ocean fishing regulations and to provide compatibility with federal regulatory requirements.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The rule changes that are required to meet federal requirements have been developed through state involvement in and coordination with the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which includes input from the affected constituents.

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 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by June 18, 2007. Expected proposal filing on or after June 20, 2007.

March 29, 2007

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office