WSR 08-01-048

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed December 13, 2007, 9:02 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Emerging commercial fishing rules for ocean spot shrimp.

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: Adjusting the catch level and distribution of fishing effort to match yield levels projected by geographical area.

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 March 3, 2008. Expected proposal filing on or after March 5, 2008.

December 12, 2007

Loreva M. Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office